Alexander Sulzer joined the Buffalo Sabres in the same trade that brought you Cody Hodgson, in a good old fashioned hockey trade that sent Zach Kassian and Marc Andre Gragnani to the Vancouver Canucks.
Sulzer has already been awarded one contract by the Buffalo Sabres – having been given a one year contract by the team, impressed with his ability to elevate his game alongside fellow German Christian Ehrhoff.
With the addition of Mike Weber on a three year, five million dollar deal, it is going to get a little tougher to grab a full time spot with the Buffalo Sabres blue line.
Weber, Ehrhoff, Andrej Sekera, and Tyler Myers make up the top four spots, and Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Pysyk are set to challenge for a full time roster spot. Brayden McNabb is also looking to capture a full time NHL roster spot. Sulzer could be used by the Buffalo Sabres if he wants to continue to play with his countrymen.
Sulzer comes to the blue line cheap, last season only making 725,000 last season. Depending on how much the Buffalo Sabres plan on using him, they could bring him back for 825,000 – and sign him to a two to three year deal.
The missing link in the defensive free agent struggle is what will the Buffalo Sabres due on trade deadline day – if they have hopes of trading Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, or moving up in the draft through other means, they could end up with other NHL ready defensive players, which could be used on the blue line this year.
With Adam Pardy waiting in the wings in restrictred free agency, and Ron Rolston at the helm – Rolston could want to go with a younger defensive corp.