The Buffalo Sabres made a roster move today, in a rare showing of getting rid of a player in the meat of a season. What’s even rarer about this trade other than the fact that it comes from the Sabres in season, is the fact that it is within the division.
Past seasons have seen very few in season deals for the Buffalo Sabres, but Regier must have had enough with the under-achieving Paille. In anticipation of having to restock a Portland team that looks to lose several players to the Sabres in the next year or so, in return the Sabres get a third round pick, and a conditional fourth round pick in return for Dan Paille.
The oddity of it being a inter-division trade might be attributed to the fact that they do not have a lot of faith in Dan Paille as an NHL forward.
While they Sabres can stock pile picks for the next draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sabres lose those picks as part of a package deal closer to the trade deadline to get the rent-a-player that will be designed to help the team get into the playoffs, or do better in the playoffs.
There are plenty of teams like Toronto who will probably be looking to dump some more weight after not having a great start to the 2009-2010 campaign.
I don’t have a problem with the trade, Paille has for the most part been a press box figure this season, and has only rare glimpses of being a decent hockey player on this team.