July 1 can be a day of fireworks. As the Sabres have seen, it can also be a dud.
Buffalo was hardly a free-agent destination during Tim Murray's first two cracks at July 1. Expectations were low, and the results matched them. Aside from captain Brian Gionta, little has worked out.
Here's a look at the Sabres' unrestricted free agent signings since Murray took over:
Buffalo will head into Friday's opening of free agency hoping for better luck in improving its team.
"We do need to add, whether through a trade or free agency," Murray said. "We will add something, but I don't see any critical date or position. We'll find a way to get better, for sure."