All signs for the Buffalo Sabres heading into training camp point toward trade. The Buffalo Sabres have more defenseman and wingers than they know what to do with, and are embarassingly thin at center. From a quick count, the Buffalo Sabres have 27 names on their training camp roster that are a lock to make the roster.
To steal a quote from Herb Brooks in the movie Miracle – the hard part for Darcy and Lindy will be getting it down to 23 by opening night.
That leaves four names that have to come off – and moving them to Rochester is not that easy.
Mikhail Grigorenko wants, and needs to stay in Buffalo. T.J. Brennan will be lost for nothing if the Buffalo Sabres try to sent him back to Rochester after training camp.
The Buffalo Sabres will have to look an early trade sqaure in the face and overcome that hurdle before the season opens up.
Checking out the rumors this morning – it looks like the first casualty on the list could be Jordan Leopold to the Los Angeles Kings for a forward. I would have to think if the Buffalo Sabres are looking at a trade, it will include something more than just a one for one trade – being four guys over the limit it would have to involve several pieces going out of Buffalo – with maybe an NHL ready piece coming in, and some picks or prospects along with it. Los Angeles might be a good trade partner, but the Edmonton Oilers could be looking for some veteran leadership to hone a very young core group.
The Buffalo Sabres could package Jordan Leopold, Jochen Hecht, Andrej Sekera, and Mike Weber – or any combination of two or three to get that pivot man in that the Buffalo Sabres most desperately need. What is not used in a trade to get that done can be bundled out of town for picks or prospects that can be transitioned to the AHL Rochester Americans to help out Ron Rolston push for the Calder Cup.
Depth does have its advantages, as a healthy Buffalo Sabres squad probably makes the playoffs last year. Time will tell, and I am sure there will be more news through the week long camp.
Inside of one week till Puck Drop!