Sather's done horrible and has been too frivilous with the UFA signings. He hasn't been great, but hasn't been horrible. This year we saw deVries and Simon as good UFA pick-ups, and Mironov as a so-so pick-up (and Bouchard as a decent, but not-too-significant pick-up - or was he picked up on waivers?). He managed to stay away from big names, especially offensive big names. Last year it was Holik, Kaspar, Oliwa, Ward, Donato and Tibbetts. Not too upset over the Holik and Kaspar signings; Oliwa and Ward played in less than 10 games each and Tibbetts played 11 games to many. Donato played way too much, but wasn't all that horrible when used correctly. Still, not a heck of a lot of activity. The previous year was bad, with Karpa, Ulanov, Heisten, Ciger and Berard. Not sure why Karpa was signed. Ulanov was horrible, although was traded for Bure, but even so, did enough damage. Heisten was a step in the right direction, but he may never be anything. Ciger lasted only a couple months and turned out to be Barnaby, not so bad. And I actually thought Berard was a good pick-up (should've went with him and kept York though). And then the first season was, I believe, just Messier and Malakhov. Still can't understand why one would sign Malakhov over Schneider, but that season, Malakhov was a no-show. Messier, well we all have opinions there.
Also along the way he resigned Richter and Leetch, each of whom nobody would argue should not have been signed.
although I believe UFAs should be part of the strategy. I don't believe the team should be signing 4-5 depth guys who may not even play on the team, but you do need to fill holes sometimes with some vets and if done properly can be effective. Doing nothing at all doesn't help anybody. Bottom line is the organization needs a GM who knows what he is doing in order to sign the appropriate players.