Sabres sign Mike Grier
That’s right, Sabres fans, the man who helped lead the exodus of talent from our beloved Buffalo hockey team is coming back.
Today, the Sabres announced they have signed unrestricted free agent Mike Grier to a one-year deal.
Terms, as always, were not disclosed.
Personally, it’s shocking that Grier is making his return to town after the way he left in the first place.After spending parts of two seasons with the Sabres, Grier signed with San Jose in the summer of 2006. Acquired by Buffalo under the urging of the man who helped turn around the franchise, Chris Drury, Grier was a key defensive forward on the 2005-06 team.
The team had a strong season, with help from Grier, who appeared in 81 games while tallying 23 points. The Boston University grad added 3 goals in 18 playoff games, and garnered an assist on Drury’s overtime winner in Game 1 of the East semifinals against Ottawa. Coming off the Eastern Conference Final series loss to Carolina, Grier decided the Sharks were in a better position to win, and left.
So did McKee. And Dumont. And then the following year it was… um, I’m not sure, I blocked out the summer of 2007 from my memory.
Anyways, three years later, and the Sharks let him walk.
Now, Grier will be looked to for leadership in a locker room full of younger players who have seemed to fail to get the “It’s time to step up, now” message.
Definitely an interesting move by management.