Tonight the Buffalo Sabres play the New York Islanders, in what is the last game of the season for the Sabres before the trade deadline. The next time they play against the Montreal Canadiens, rosters are frozen until the off season.
This date has been huge for the Buffalo Sabres, the past five seasons have seen Darcy Reiger making at least one move leading up to trade deadline day.
Ryan Miller – this is an obvious choice, he is the Sabres goalie of right now, and needs to be here until the goalie of tomorrow is ready.
Thomas Vanek – once upset over the Kevin Lowe contract incident, the Sabres may now be looking at a deal. If they can shore up this offense around him, Vanek will be able to maintain and hold the league leads.
Derek Roy, Jason Pominville – new contracts may make them attractive on the market, but Buffalo will keep its role players.
Players on the trade block?
Maxim Afinogenov – his trade value was zero before his injury, and has hit negative numbers since being sidelined.
Tim Connolly – his last game as a Sabre could come at the expense of his last old team. While the Sabres may want to sign him to a short team deal to see how his strength and health holds up, Connolly may want something more in the lines of committment from a team that has thus far stood behind him.
Ales Kotalik – booming shot and shootout golden boy, but will that be enough to convince the Sabres to keep him, or even for there to be a market value for him?
Dan Paille and Nathan Paetsch could see themselves coupled in a trade to help boost the value of one of the shopped veterans.
The Sabres roster will different on Wednesday than what we will see tonight, we can only hope that the move is in the teams best interest.