They get plenty of mediocre, overpaid, has-been UFA's to sign there. Moulson, Okposo, and Pomminville just to name a few. I'd name BUF as my least desirable city to play in. Gotta be on just about every player's no-trade list.
I always kinda liked Pominville but I had him back as rookie/early career in keeper league as one of my wingers... Back then he could score 30 goals in a year instead of 30+ over his final 2 for Buffalo
. Okposo had that monster year then walked away much like Tavares and others... Vanek I remember when he was touted as some sorta superstar but Islanders found out even offering him lots of money he wouldn't play for them... Things didn't work out so great for him, Skinny Skinner I don't think would have found anybody to pay him 9M or more... I remember there was some running back on Buffalo Bills who had like 6 kids with 3 different women saying there wasn't anything else to do there
I was never big on Lafontaine but I remember thinking trades Islanders made back then to get Turgeon, Creighton, Hogue, Thomas, maybe a few others would have made difference... I just can't see Buffalo ever winning a Cup... I remember star of season they won like 10 in a row so PHT/NBC kept pushing how great it was they televised so many of their games even though people complain... PUshing it like they would make it in playoffs, how Blues were struggling now that they got Ryan O"Reilley heh. Almost as bad as when Mets traded for like Bobby Bonilla or some crappy player only to have their pitcher in deal win World Series for I think it was Angels of all teams
. Islanders had Tim Thomas who never played for them even Visnovsky refused... Least they managed to convince him, all teams seem to have issues at certain points... Though Buffalo was where they would trade people they didn't like in all the sports shows growing up like 1st. and Ten