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Drew Stafford Would Welcome Trade

No one in the Buffalo Sabres fan base is pulling punches when it comes to Drew Stafford.  This site included has wondered where he has been all year.

Save for two goals and a spirited beating with Scott Hartnell – the four million dollar winger has been lossed in the sauce in one of the worst seasons in Buffalo Sabres history.

With trade deadline day fast approaching, and the Buffalo Sabres not willing to overlook their position in the standings according to team President Ted Black – the Buffalo Sabres are going to be sellers at the trade deadline, hoping to restock quickly for the future.

On of those players that is part of the “core” that needs to go is winger Drew Stafford, who according to The Fourth Period, is willing to be one of the first pieces out of Buffalo.

Stafford has a lot of worth – if he is surrounded by talent – he can put the puck in the net.  The problem in Buffalo – the talent that surrounds him is not producing either.  Maybe the weight of the additional duties as assistant captain are preventing him from performing well.  Either way – Stafford welcomes a ticket out of Buffalo and get a fresh start somewhere else.

Where could Stafford end up? There are plenty of teams that could add a guy like Stafford in the hopes that he would help a playoff push.  A change in scenery would increase his potential.

Now all Darcy Regier has to do is find a dance partner willing to trade – and not overvalue his players.

Sure – Darcy held out for a first round draft pick for Paul Gaustad last season – and Stafford definitely could bring more to the table – but when your selling – you don’t always get to name your price.  Beggars can’t be choosers, and beggars is exactly what the Buffalo Sabres are.

Other players the Sabres have to be thinking about moving are defensemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr.  Both in the final year of their contract – only teams interested in them would be renting them for the remainder of the season and the playoffs – so the asking price won’t be as high for someone like Stafford – who will have two years remaining on his deal after the end of this season.

How many more players will come out through sources and say they would welcome a trade?


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