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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