August 10, 2009 -- Sometimes there really are second acts in American life, despite what F. Scott Fitzgerald said.
Ask Mike Grier.
The forward returned to the Buffalo Sabres on this day. The unrestricted free agent agreed to a one-year contract with the team on this day.
Grier was acquired from the Washington Capitals for a prospect in 2004. He was a popular player, in part because he was a hard worker, and stayed through 2007. Then it was on to the San Jose Sharks as a free agent, averaging about 12 goals a year there over three seasons.
But when his contract ran out in California, Grier opted to come back for a couple of more years. The forward scored 38 points in two seasons in his second go-around with the Sabres.
At last word, Grier was waiting for some injuries to heal before making a decision about the upcoming season. Maybe there will be a third act.
--- Budd Bailey