Could the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers become trade partners in the near future?
Yesterday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News tweeted
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) June 25, 2013
Clearly, acquiring Ryan Miller would be a wise move for the Flyers, who have been plagued by inconsistent goaltending since Bernie Parent retired (okay, it only SEEMS that way) and who recently bought-out the contract of goalie/astronaut/total flake Ilya Brygalov. With Miller being the best goalie available in a market that includes Roberto Luongo, Mike Smith, and Jaroslav Halak, the Flyers should have Sabres GM Darcy Regier on speed dial as the 2013 NHL Entry Draft approaches.
The question, though, is would the trade be worth it for the Sabres? If Buffalo is indeed interested in Couturier, they would be shipping out an All-Star goalie for a young, big center who can play lock-down defense on opposing players (like he did on Pittsburgh’s Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in the 2012 playoffs) and who is going to continue to grow on offense. Buffalo would almost certainly also receive a draft pick (Philadelphia picks 11th in the first round) and possibly even a prospect.
Thing is, there are other teams interested in picking up Miller – for example, the Edmonton Oilers, who pick 7th in this year’s draft – so is a Miller-for-Couturier trade the best the Sabres could pull off? I do like Couturier; I’m just wondering if this is the best the Sabres could do under the circumstances.
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