As a Sabres fan, I share in the frustration that many of us feel due to the lack of activity toward addressing what we perceive as obvious areas of need (i.e. Power Play and Size Upfront). Personally, since before last season I've felt that next year's offseason has been Regier's target timeline for upgrading with an actual household name. A few more larger contracts will be off the books after this upcoming season and our younger players (throughout the organization - Kassian in Juniors, Adam, etc. in Portland) will be more prepared to fill in the roster around any target star player(s) that Regier may have his eye on. Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it... the plan does make sense. Not to mention, the number of other clubs who have pushed themselves to the cap and beyond and won't have the ability to pursue such players, thus limiting the options for Free Agents. I think all of this partially goes into the one-year deals both Grier and Niedermayer signed this offseason. I'm not a fan of Regier, but I think the unexpected success that the Sabres experienced last season put him in a tough spot. Had they not done so well, the pressure to sign guys to fill specific roles wouldn't be so great... the "takes time to rebuild" motto could have been more easily applied. Regardless, I don't have a problem with 2011 being the year things truly come together. Ennis, Kassian, Adam and several others who have significant upside should only continue to become better players next season and all still under very reasonable contracts. You can see a legitimate core coming together... while our key players: Miller, Vanek, Pominville, Roy and Myers (although Myers will need an extension by then) will all still be under contract and still in the prime of their careers. Add in a star center and/or winger and D-Man, you've got a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in 2011.
However, let's say this isn't the case and I'm completely off-base and Regier actually has been trying to upgrade this team to make a run at things this year... but hasn't been overly successful to this point. What could be the current holdup? Many times I've read the Sabres are after Kaberle (whether each of us agree with that move or not... personally, I do agree he would upgrade our PP significantly). If they are after Kaberle and he is the key to their offseason, then I can understand why they haven't spent any money on guys like Stempniak (another addition I'd like to see on a short-term contract) or made any other trades. As a GM, in any sport, you simply cannot risk that you will lose out on your target until it becomes official. Then you move on to Plan B and so forth. So, with Burke holding onto his key trading pawn for as long as he has... I argue that Kaberle's situation could be the move that several other teams (possibly even the Sabres) have been holding back on while waiting for a decision. Who knows for sure? But I certainly think both viewpoints hold some merit (again whether we agree with the motivation behind either plan is irrelevant).
What do other Sabres fans out there believe is the reason for our dull offseason?