The Buffalo Sabres moved very little today in an effort at making themselves more viable in the Eastern Conference playoff battle, a battle at which they are currently watching from the outside. While they moved little they got great return.
They sent a fourth round pick for Goaltender Mikael Tellqvist, formerly of the Pheonix Coyotes. While Lalime is still going to be the unquestioned starter for the time being, the Sabres fans and management no longer have to hit the panic button if Lalime falls ill or injured.
In a blockbuster or a trade which sent players and picks back and forth across the league, the Sabres ended up losing Alex Kotalik to the Edmonton Oilers in return for a second round pick. They quickly shuffled that second round pick to Toronto for center Dominic Moore. Moore has not put up super impressive numbers for the Leafs this year, but is definitely a more well rounded player than Kotalik was, and is going to provide some more physical play than Kotalik.
The resigning of Tim Connolly is going to be probably the most debated move of the day. At 2 years $4.5 million dollars, Darcy Reiger and the rest of the organization are once again gambling on the center. If he can stay healthy, the Sabres get a great player at a bargain price. If he is injured again, the Sabres are once again throwing the money away.
At the end of the day however, the Sabres made moves that are going to help them make a push for the playoffs. Normally the Sabres are active on trade deadline day, but this is by far a year in which they were one of the most active teams in the league.