There is a very good chance that T.J. Brennan will not skate First Niagara Center at all this season. The Buffalo Sabres are stacked at defense, with nine guys on the roster – and only seven available spots.
The problem is – all 9 guys are NHL ready – and none can be sent to the American Hockey League to wait for a call up without clearing waivers.
29 other general managers are looking for NHL defenseman – it is likely Darcy Regier will find a dance partner either today or tomorrow to whittle his roster down to a manageable 23 bodies.
Teams however, don’t have to trade with Darcy Regier. If I am looking for an NHL defenseman, and I call Darcy Regier – if he offers me Andrej Sekera or Mike Weber – and I want T.J. Brennan – I am either going to try and get Brennan – or I am going to wait and see how your hand plays out come Friday.
If no deals are made – I have an assistant coach watching the waiver wire to claim whatever defenseman you don’t want for nothing.
Why should I pay you now for something I don’t want – when I can get it for free in 24 hours? Of course there are risks in running that gamble – the next call that Darcy makes could be the one that takes a deal – and then you are left without the ability to pick up a young defenseman that could be the next big thing on the blue line.
There is little doubt in my mind that Darcy will figure something out – but there is the risk out there that the Buffalo Sabres if they are set on playing hardball with their players knowing that they over value them at times – could come back to bite us.
Keep an eye on your favorite internet source today – any trade the Buffalo Sabres make would have to be for picks – or multiple players out for a player in.