Feb. 3, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold (3) looks to pass against the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Do The Buffalo Sabres Have Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr On The Trading Block?

According to CBC Sports’ Elliotte Friedman, Darcy Regier and the Buffalo Sabres have been asking teams to give them a “good reason” to trade one the team’s eight defensemen.  As of yet, it would appear that no one has given the team a good enough reason to ship one out . . . but the season is still young, and as injuries and desperation mount, Regier may find himself fielding offers for one of his army of blue liners.

Common sense will tell you that Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers would not be on the trading block, since each of these guys are locked into long-term contracts (Ehrhoff through 2021; Myers, 2019).    As NHL Trade Report points out, both Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr are about to become unrestricted free agents in July, and are likely the two guys the Sabres are willing to ship out.

Of course, the question becomes, what are the Sabres looking for in return?  At this point of the season, they could use help on both sides of the ice.  Their offense, while less-reliant on the first line lately, is prone to stretches of stagnancy, while the defense has been underachieving immensely so far this young season.

Of course, you don’t usually give up blue liners if what you’re looking for is . . . .more blue liners, so it would appear that the Buffalo Sabres are hoping to find another piece they can add to the offensive puzzle.  I highly doubt that moving one, or even both, of these guys would be enough to address what I feel is the Sabres’ most pressing offensive concern – acquiring a true number one center – so it will be interesting to follow this story and get a better feel for what, exactly, Darcy Regier is interested in getting in return.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres Jordan Leopold Robyn Regehr

  • name_1

    Both Myers and Ehrhoff have NTCs, more specifically, Myers cannot be moved until 2016. Either may still waive, however.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Drunkenribeye Rich Spalding

      Correct! I didn’t want to get into specifics when it comes to Ehrhoff’s and Myer’s contracts, since it’s clear these guys wouldn’t be the defensemen to whom Darcy was referring. Any guesses as to what Regier would be after?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.breunig Jacob Breunig

    I think we should keep regher, since we convinced him to waive his ntc, I feel sekera should be on the block, his inconsistency is killing me over the past few years

    • http://www.facebook.com/Drunkenribeye Rich Spalding

      I wish I knew more about this; I’m for it, but how much value can the Sabres really expect to get in return for any of these guys?

      • Kevin

        I agree Rich, How much can we expect for these guys? I say not enough for a #1 center. But maybe we can get a #2 with face-off skills.That to me would be even more important.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Drunkenribeye Rich Spalding

          Oh my goodness yes: winning face-offs – dare to dream.

  • Troy Berkely

    Going back to Burks comments over a year ago, that Darcy has a tendency to overvalue players, it’s certainly reasonable to be skeptical about any deals that will yield a top center without at least trading another prospect. Two aging defensemen is simply not going to cut. If Darcy thinks it will, then he is dreaming, and the rest of the league GM’s knows Darcy’s game by now, and will play their cards close to the vest.

    • Richard Spalding

      Exactly. I don’t know exactly what Darcy is hoping he’ll get, but dangling these two guys is only going to result in yet another utility player (or players) coming our way. I think we’re set with those!