The Los Angeles Kings
Anyone who watched the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year knows that the Los Angeles Kings rely on great goaltending and a physical, punishing style of play to win games. Problem is, being physical will only help a team win games when that team can score, and the Kings displayed little to no consistent offense in their Western Conference Finals match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. Scoring from the wings was a noticeable concern, as 5 of their 6 playoff scoring leaders played either center or defense. Adding Thomas Vanek to their roster will make them legitimate contenders for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the next 2-3 years, if not longer. What would the Kings be able to offer in return? How about Tyler Toffoli for starters, a young center who scored 6 points (2-4-6) in his first 12 NHL playoff games this season, and who scored 108 and 100 points in back-to-back seasons for the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario Hockey League. Clearly, Toffoli will be just one of the pieces Regier would have to request in any package that might be put together, but for a team that is looking for young center who can score and is developing a true two-way game, Toffoli is just what Bufalo needs.
So the moral of the story: the Buffalo Sabres don’t have much to offer free agents, but they do have some assets that can make them players in the tango della trade. It all boils down to whether Darcy Regier wants to dance or not, to which I say, dance, monkey, dance!
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