Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Columbus And Philadelphia Break Trade Silence - Value on Goaltending

If teams in the NHL were waiting for someone to break the silence on draft day and set a value, the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets have done just that.

The Philadelphia Flyers have gotten a second round draft pick and a pair of fourth round draft picks from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

What does this mean for the Buffalo Sabres – nothing just yet.  The Philadelphia Flyers have been making every effort the past few season to be the top team in the Eastern Conference in an effort to bring the Stanley Cup back to the city of brotherly love.  Goaltending has been one of their downfalls.

Earlier this week it was revealed that the Buffalo Sabres were on the verge of trading Ryan Miller last season to the Anaheim Ducks, at least pre-Lucic hit.

Leading up the draft, which is just over two hours away – the Buffalo Sabres now have a benchmark to look at when it comes to the value of a goaltender.  If Bobrovsky gets you three picks, the highest being a second round – what does Ryan Miller get you?  The Buffalo Sabres – through Kevin Snow have said the team is set to use its two first round picks and two second round picks – but that doesn’t mean they are done entertaining offers.  If you can get a first round pick plus an NHL ready player for a team that sees the value in Ryan Miller, a former fifth rounder – the Sabres could move up in the draft without sacrificing their own position.

Would anyone really complain if the Buffalo Sabres got an NHL ready center, a higher pick in the first round this year if they parted with Miller, a defensive prospect, and the 21st overall pick?  For a team that might be looking for immediate defensive depth – it could be the dance partner the Buffalo Sabres have been looking for to position themselves as a contender for the Stanley Cup.

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