The Buffalo Sabres have started to prepare for the future, and T.J. Brennan does not fit into those plans.
The rookie defenseman has been traded to the Florida Panthers for a fifth round draft selection in this years NHL Entry Draft.
After lighting fires in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans, and coming very close to breaking a forty year old Amerks record; the start of the NHL season and his callup to the Buffalo Sabres put that on hold.
After being relinquished to the seventh man on the depth chart – he was in and out of the lineup, and could never get the same spark in blue and gold as he did down on the farm.
The move bodes well for young defenseman Adam Pardy – who was rotating in and out of the seventh spot with Brennan. With the injury to Alexander Sulzer and moving Brennan – Pardy is set to see his ice time increase.
Through ten games with the parent club, Brennan had one goal, no assists and was a -1.
The Florida Panthers are in the same mode as the Buffalo Sabres, although their fall from grace is a little harder to swallow for fans in the Sunshine capital of the U.S. Parting with a fifth round draft pick that wasn’t theirs to begin with, the Panthers are looking for answers to why they are in the basement of the National Hockey League despite making sweeping changes last year that saw them make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Is this the start of the floodgates opening on the Buffalo Sabres roster?