In my last piece, which I wrote the night of the 1st, I said that the Sabres off-season was far from done. Since then the Sabres signed John Scott, which probably wasn’t the biggest move but it should help the toughness level of the team. Then last night the big move I expected finally happened. I checked my phone after it vibrated to see the the update from WGR, “Report: Dallas Morning News reports Sabres trade Derek Roy to Stars for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy.”
Ott is a player I’ve been very interested in for a while since he possesses the peskyness that the Sabres have needed for a very long time. He hasn’t produced as much the past two seasons as he did in 2009-2010 (when he had a career high 22 goals) he has put up decent numbers in Dallas.
Derek Roy needed to go, at least in the eyes of most Sabres fans. The Sabres do have talent at center for the first time in a very long time, and this really allows Hodgson and Ennis to get more ice time. However many do speculate the Sabres are not done and are still looking to acquire a number one center.
Speaking of trades, the Sabres also acquired Adam Pardy in the deal. The Sabres now have an enormous amount of defensemen. Even if you say that McNabb will start the season in Rochester, the Sabres still have eight NHL defensemen. This could mean the Sabres are looking to trade one of their men on the blueline. Some reported yesterday that the Sabres were shopping Sekera, but many also believe that the Sabres are in on Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash meaning that a package could include one of their defenseman as well.
I put together a depth chart of the Sabres based on their current roster, and it appears that Ott fits into a third line role. He could be joined there by Ville Leino and Nathan Gerbe, but its still up in the air whether Ott plays center or wing. In an interview with WGR, Ott said that he has played 90% of his career at wing, however he has an excellent faceoff percentage.
What do you think of the Ott and Pardy acquisition, and will you miss Derek Roy at all? Do you think the Sabres have wholes down the middle now, or are you confident in Hodgson, Ennis, and the rest of the centers? Comment below with your opinions of the Sabres moves so far!