Talk today on the Buffalo Sabres will turn from what has gone wrong this season, to who won’t be wearing a blue and gold sweater come the three o’clock trade deadline. It’s not a national holiday, but it should be.
So far the Buffalo Sabres have dealt three defenseman for draft picks, losing T.J. Brennan to the Florida Panthers, Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blue, and Robyn Regehr waiving his no trade clause to be sent to the Los Angeles Kings.
The return on these players has been a fifth round pick (Florida) three second round picks (2 – 2013, 1-2014), and a conditional fifth round pick. For Darcy Regier and company – it appears the future lies in building internally for the a winning roster.
For Thomas Vanek – that could signal the end of his career in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. Vanek is open to returning to the Sabres, but only if the rebuilding process is a short one. A short rebuild is more than possible in the National Hockey League – it just depends on the vision of the general manager. Regier has just about eight hours today to bundle those draft picks with his current crop of players to bring in key players that will help with the turn around.
The future captain of the Buffalo Sabres doesn’t think that the team needs to sell today, but in fact should be buying. What happened last night was historic. A team banded together and defeated the odds and ended the second most historic run in National Hockey League history, and the second one of the season. Why did it happen that way? Maybe playing together for the last time had something to do with it.
It will be a long day in Buffalo – hopefully more moves for the future are on the brink. All we can say right now is stay tuned.