For many Buffalo Sabres fans, today was the day to get rid of #9 Derek Roy. When the rumors started coming out that Darcy was looking for a prospect and a first round pick, I knew that our tiny little locker room cancer was staying put.
Deadline day dragged on and on; and it seemed as if the Buffalo Sabres were content to put their team on a jet for Southern California and roll into the playoffs with the same team they rolled into the season with.
It seemed like it was going to be a very long boring day, and then we get word that Paul Gaustad is no longer a Buffalo Sabre, as Nashville plays big in the dealings of the day to make a push for the playoff. I was a bit disappointed that the only deal was to get something for Paul Gaustad. Then the move of the day happened for the Blue and Gold.
Zach Kassian, a once promising young star in Blue and Gold, will now be playing for another member of the class of 1970, as he and Marc Andre Gragnani have been shipped to the Vancouver Canucks. In return the Buffalo Sabres get Cody Hodgson, and Alexander Sulzer. Not a bad half day of work for Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier.
Hodgson could be the start of the answer the Buffalo Sabres have down the middle. Ready to break out, Hodgson has been stuck behind Sedin and Kesler in Vancouver, and should be able to step in and make something happen in the top six. As the number one center, I am all for Jason Pominville handing Derek Roy a jersey on Wednesday night with the number 47 on it, so that Hodgson can keep his number 9. Drafted 10th overall in the 2008 draft (Kassian was drafted 13th overall in 2009), hes a year younger than Kassian.
Gragnani makes the cross country trip and is replaced on the blue line by Alexander Sulzer, formerly of the Canucks. Sulzer was the 92nd overall selection in the 2003 draft by the Nashville Predators. Possible good road roommate for Jochen Hecht, as he is a product of Germany as well.