Ed Note: This post has been modified slightly for front page posting. It's been around for a few days, but I lost it in the holiday weekend shuffle and thought everyone should check it out.
Long time listener, first time caller...
With the first day of free agency behind us, the Sabres made only a small splash by signing probable-AHLer Drew Bagnall. While this acquisition may seem inconsequential, it likely serves to provide depth in Rochester while allowing up-and-coming Sabres prospects the opportunity to assume larger roles at the NHL level.
Edit: Despite Darcy's statement that Sulzer wasn't getting a new contract, he was signed to a one-year deal announced on July 6.
Given all the "youth movement" rhetoric and the team's quiet first day of free agency, the current roster serves as a very strong indicator of what the 2013-2014 Sabres might look like.
Here is what I believe to be a depth chart of the whole organization, top to bottom, as it currently stands. Basically, it's a mash-up of the Buffalo News's most recently posted depth chart and the Die by the Blade prospects depth chart from a few days ago.
I know there have already been multiple posts about how many younger Sabres are going to see playing time this year, but I thought I'd lay it out for visual people like myself:
The depth orders are based on the Buffalo News blog post, DBTB chart, and the community's opinions. They have nothing to do with potential lines, but rather some combination of proven skill and general intrigue. The chart is color coded to indicate current RFAs, how the 2013 Draft Picks fit into the bigger picture, and how many prospects could become full-time Sabres.
Youth movement indeed!
Edit: Accounted for Tallinder trade and adjusted depth levels based on community feedback (7/9/2013).