But would the losing culture actually change, if you flip your best player for futures? Honestly I haven't followed the Sabres moves over the years. I just see that they handed out a few contracts to FA, which definitely don't help them. They overpaid both Okposo and Skinner and still handed out NMC/NTC. Even Johansson got a NTC on a two year contract. A lesson from other successful rebuilds should be, that you have to keep cap flexibility, until you are actually are a contender. Clustering the cap to get on the PO bubble sets you up for long term failure.