Mike Grier is going to be a Sabre this season.
This is weird for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
1. Mike Grier hates the Sabres and everything they stand for.
2. Actually, that’s it. That’s the main reason this is weird.
3. It’s just REALLY weird that he’d come back here after he was all, “The Sabres suck ass” (I’m paraphrasing) on the way out of town.
I think I like it.
The Sabres need a craggy old vet, Mike Grier needs a job, and Craig Rivet needs a BFF to remind him what it was like to play on a good hockey team. Earlier in the off season I was lobbying for John Madden, but Grier might be an even better option because he’s been here before and he’s presumably already aware of the Derek Roy Factor with the Sabres. Hopefully the breaking in period will be brief, and Grier will show up ready to kick some Sabre butt. I assume Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek are already scared of him, so we’re way ahead of the game there.
I’m a little worried for Mike Grier though. I mean, if he thought the Sabres sucked ass in 2006, just WAIT until he gets a look at them now.
Good (and weird) work, Darcy.