For today’s poll we’re going to ask y’all to put on your GM cap and play the role of the Buffalo Sabres GM (even though they currently
don’t exist). While the Buffalo Sabres may not choose to go into a full out fire-sale, it’s pretty obvious that a number of veteran players on the current roster won’t be back next season.
Whether it’s because they want too much money, just want want out of Buffalo, or the Sabres can get a solid return for the future, a few of the current Buffalo Sabres will no longer be Buffalo Sabres. Even if the Sabres are to make a hard run to land Connor McDavid next year, they will still need to sell a lot of asset’s off in order to rack up draft picks to try and coax the number one pick in case they don’t get that coveted top spot in the next draft.
For argument sake let’s say the next Buffalo Sabres core will be made up of Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, Joel Armia and Rasmus Ristolainen (among other young players). Which veterans do you want to see still on the Sabres roster to help this young core grow?
Could Ryan Miller be a useful mentor for Matt Hackett or are the Sabres confident enough to move forward with Jhonas Enroth and Matt Hackett between the pipes? Could Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff be useful in helping Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov grow?
Going forward with young players as the new core will almost ensure the Sabres have a shot at McDavid and will develop into an exciting team, but veterans are key in the development of a team.
So, if you’re the GM of the Buffalo Sabres which player would you absolutely not trade away? Vote for the player you wouldn’t trade and explain why in the comments.