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NHL Free Agency 2011: Enjoy The Ride Sabres Fans

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BUFFALO NY - FEBRUARY 23:  New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula walks onto the ice during pre game ceremonies prior to play against the Atlanta Thrashers at HSBC Arena on February 23 2011 in Buffalo New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BUFFALO NY - FEBRUARY 23: New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula walks onto the ice during pre game ceremonies prior to play against the Atlanta Thrashers at HSBC Arena on February 23 2011 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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We really have focused on getting the latest Sabres free agency move as fast as we could and as accurately as possible. But there is one thing that I want to touch on before free agency starts at noon today. For many, many years the Sabres haven't been the team that has gone out and gotten that big name to complete the roster. The philosophy has always been build from within and when the big players get to reach their payday, they moved on to the team that could afford to pay that kind of money. 

Now, the tables have turned and this team is the team that is willing to give the outlandish contracts. The team convinced Robyn Regehr to waive a no-trade clause to come to Buffalo, the team convinced Christian Ehrhoff to come to Buffalo with a 10 year contract. Now, on the verge of free agency, the Sabres could very well land the biggest center in the free agency market. 

Four years ago is something that a bunch of Sabres fans like to rehash repeatedly and this year's free agency bonanza has to start changing many of those feelings. New ownership and a renewed sense of vigor has Sabres fans fired up and ready to start this season now, not three months from now. 

While going through some posts on the site, a relevant fanpost from last season came up titled Realistic Acquistions For The Sabres. It was written on May 1, 2010 and featured a lot of the same type of players that we are looking at in 2011. Take a look at the attitudes of us though, the commenters. Things really have changed in a year and it feels great. Enjoy the ride Sabres fans because it's long overdue.