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!