Its a scene that plays out in movies, books, and sometimes in real life all the time. Deathrow inmate slowly taking his last steps towards his impending fate, hoping for an eleventh hour call from the governor and getting a stay of execution.
It kind of seems like that in Buffalo every year around trade deadline. There is usually at least one call that happens and this year, fans are left scratching their heads over a simple last minute trade. Luckily there are twenty-five minutes left until this years D-Day for NHL trades, they might not be done yet.
Nathan Paetsch no longer has to worry about being the odd man out on game night when his name doesn’t make the starting lineup in Buffalo. Darcy also gives up a second round pick.
Its not that long of a drive Paetsch has to make, as his new home is the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sabres are getting a winger in return, the newest Buffalo Sabre is Raffi Torres.
A first round pick in 2000 (5th overall) by the Islanders- Torres has spent time with Columbus, Edmonton, and New York. In 60 games with the Blue Jackets this year he has 19 goals and 12 assists. Despite not netting a goal for the Sabres all year, he now becomes the teams leading goal-scorer.
The question remains, will this trade work for the Sabres, or will we once again continue down the path to our fate, doomed because the eleventh hour call did not work?
While I was typing this, the Sabres restocked their draft picks, sending Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for a third and fourth round pick.