June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Mikhail Grigorenko poses for a photo after being selected as the number twelve overall draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: The Buffalo Sabres Attempting to Acquire the Number One Pick: Reality, or BS?

Stop me if you’ve heard this: on Wednesday, Buffalo Sabres Director of Amateur Scouting Kevin Devine went on-the-record as saying that he and Darcy Regier had entered into discussions with Patrick Roy and  the Colorado Avalanche about the possibility of making a deal that would send the number 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft Buffalo’s way.

Here’s a little bit of what Levine had to say, courtesy of Adrian Dater of The Denver Post

“We have had conversations with Colorado… I think it’s how far they want to move back. And you take the situation in Colorado and where there’s a new regime in there with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. I don’t think Patrick came in there with the idea of a long rebuild. So I think they might be willing to listen to a few things.”

If you believe that Colorado is honestly considering such a proposal, I have some very prime real estate I would like to sell you, along with a mint edition of the very first Super-man comic book, precious jewels from ancient Egypt, and the famous baseball that Babe Ruth hit out of the park after pointing to the fence, signed by the Bambino himself.

 Seriously – what are the odds that this is something that even the Sabres are considering?   The Sabres would have to give up two arms and a leg in order to make the Avs even think twice about sliding backwards in the draft, and think about what the Avs would gain: at least one PROVEN player (for example, Thomas Vanek), at least one young talent such as Mikhail Grigorenko or Cody Hodgson, the 8th pick in a pretty deep draft, and possibly even the 16th pick.  Is Buffalo seriously willing to give up all of that or ONE prospect?  I know this draft is deep, and that the top 3-5 prospect look like (near) sure things . . . but picking first is only going to get the Sabres one player, and it will take more than one player to get this team back into the playoffs.

Could Levine just be blowing smoke up the media’s you-know-what, in order to make it look like the Sabres are trying to become major players?  Or is Buffalo ready to clear house and go for a true, honest-to-God rebuild?  Vote, and let your opinion be known!

Is all this talk about trying to acquire the number 1 pick real, or BS?

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  • Kevin

    I don’t believe it for a minute. I really don’t think the Sabres need to give away what they’re trying to use to rebuild for themselves in order to get one player who may just turn out to be Tyler Myers. Take the 8th it’s a deep draft we are going to get average or above in our 1st four picks anyway. IMO.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      You just made Tyler Myers cry, Kev. Seriously, though: they would have to give up so much just to get one player. Seems like lots of pain, little gain.

      • Kevin

        LOL Sorry Tyler! Let’s hope this is the year he makes us all proud. I have a feeling this will be his year. It’s about the time a D-Man finds himself in his career. Maybe he will make us forget the top two picks.

    • davidmuscalo

      what makes you think they would select Jones. They would likely select MacKinnon who could help the team much sooner.

  • Craig C.

    We don’t know what the Sabres might have offered, so it’s useless to speculate. I just don’t believe the Avs would give up hometown boy Seth Jones. That would be a PR disaster for them…and that means something.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Hey Craig! Yes,I’m guilty of speculating, certainly. However, to land the top pick, it would require more than giving the Avs the 8th and the 16th, and I just don’t see how losing 3-4 potential players to land 1 is a wise move, especially since hockey is such a team sport. In the NBA, you can find numerous examples of players who can single-handedly improve their teams (it helps that you can play the entire game in the NBA!) every draft. In the NHL, those players are far more difficult to find, IMO.

  • wolfdoctor

    My fear is that it is not BS. Regier may fear is job is in jeopardy and do something stupid.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I know, right?

      • wolfdoctor


        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I was agreeing with you – what if Regier tries to do something stupid like this? It’s a scary thought.

          • wolfdoctor