With the trade deadline looming, and the Sabres with some obvious needs, General Manager Darcy Reiger sat down and talked one on one with Kevin Sylvester. Some highlights of the conversation:
- Darcy is not really looking for rental players, he is looking not only for guys that will help this year, but with maybe another year on their contract.
- Darcy is ultimately going to do what he thinks is in the best interest of the team.
On Tim Connolly, Darcy is considering all of the avenues, resigning him, or trading him. If a trade is in the works, the return has to be helpful in the long term.
On the injury to Ryan Miller and the focus of the trade deadline:
Our focus never changed, our focus has always been the playoffs. With Ryan Miller being injured, we have to look at the depth of our goalie position, we have five goalies in the system, four of them have NHL contracts, the fifth does not. We are taking a look at what will best help the organization. If it means signing an NHL goalie to help Patrick Lalime out, then we will sign them. If we can find an AHL caliber goalie to sign and keep Enroth in Buffalo, then thats what we will do.
Are the Sabres a buyer or a seller?
We are definitely shopping as if we were a buyer, but you have to remember, buying means selling, in the past you could use money as a trade chip, you can’t do that in the league anymore, you have to give up a prospect, a draft pick or a player. Were obviously looking at our goalie depth, and with the loss of D Mike Weber we may look at adding another defenseman. It doesn’t hurt to be looking at increasing the size of the team either. What it boils down to really is whether the guy is going to help the team or not. It doesn’t necessarily have to fill a need.
Anyone who is experienced with the Sabres organization knows that Darcy Reiger is a very smart, calculated individual, and this interview proves that once again. Here is the full thirteen minute interview: