If things don’t start looking up for the Buffalo Sabres soon, they should be sellers at the trade deadline, getting everything they can to rebuild their team over the summer.
One player they should have their sites on could be Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.
The Dallas Stars are currently clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference – but if they are not looking like contenders at the trade deadline, could be looking to move the 35 year old defenseman.
Why should the Buffalo Sabres should be interested in him? He has one year remaining on his contract – and is an ice time leader for the Stars.
Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, with a brief stop in Chicago, he has been with the Dallas organization since the lockout. Despite having zero goals and only six assists on the season, he is a plus seven overall, better than any defenseman on the Buffalo Sabres current roster.
According to hockeybuzz.com – there are four teams interested in the services of the right handed defenseman, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators, and the New Jersey Devils. Three teams poised to make a serious run at the playoffs, and one in desperate need of help due to injuries.
You could easily replace Jordan Leopold on the ice with Robidas, and he might not cost you more than a prospect and a draft pick – which might sound high considering the state of the franchise and the need to rebuild from the ground up, but the durable defenseman brings leadership and ice time to a team that is desperate need of help in both those regards. He might be the vision of calm that you put with Tyler Myers to return him to the type of player the Buffalo Sabres need him to be.
There is a no-trade clause issue that has to be dealt with, and it doesn’t appear that it is an issue – but could be for Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres have to be at the point however where they look at every available player – to see how they can fit into the program here, as they team has to try and reinvent themselves as they now sit just one point out of last place in the National Hockey League.