With Trade Deadline Approaching: 3 Things the Buffalo Sabres Should Consider

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The Olympics are quickly approaching and for most members of the Buffalo Sabres it will be a nice relaxing break but for Tim Murray it will be a time to finalize things for what is hoped to be a busy trade deadline for the Buffalo Sabres. With the Olympic break comes an NHL roster freeze which is roughly 19 days away, after the break there is just 1 week left until the NHL trade deadline and Mr. Murray has a lot of work to do.

Tim Murray has just 10 games prior to the Olympic break and just 3 games after the Olympics to finalize his decisions and the direction he will take the Buffalo Sabres. The next 10 games will be crucial for Murray and he’s quickly running out of time to make his evaluation’s, so I thought I’d help him out. Here are 3 things Murray should consider doing right after the Olympics leading up to the trade deadline.

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  • Dano

    Endless theres a top 10 pick for this coming draft coming Buffalos way, I would instead try to toss a LOT of money at Moulson. Feed his pocket 7-8million a season ( just to reach the cap floor ) for say.. 3-4 years.

    Miller? Offer him a huge paycheck the day after the Olympics end. If he doesnt take it, trade him.

    Ott? I’d rather keep him around just to mentor the younger crowd that will be coming in, but if a Good prospect or a package comes along, its unfortunate, but he would have to be moved.

    The rest? Stafford, Leino.. SEE YA!

    I dont know about Ennis. His game has picked up a LOT lately. I’d actually like to see that runt stick around.

    • JHizzle75

      Ennis HAS been playing really well lately.
      I wonder if he’s auditioning for a potential trade?

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I’d expect the Sabres to flip Ennis considering how well he’s playing right now. That’s easily another pick IMO

        • Jacob Breunig

          I see Ennis sticking around, as long as he stays relatively consistent. Because he is an RFA this offseason, the sabres will likely sign him to 2-3 years at 3.5 mil. Don’t hold me to this, just putting on my GM cap.

        • Jes

          Ennis is easily going to stick around. The chemistry he has with Girgensons, I’m sure Nolan will def push for him to be resigned.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’m torn with Ennis as well. He’s been playing well and I wouldn’t mind keeping him around but if the Sabres can get better for him or make a package deeper they got to do it.
      I agree with Miller- offer him a large sum of $$ and if he passes it he’s gone

  • Ludz

    I agree with you on moving Miller and Ott. But who do you have in mind as a first line center that the Sabres could reasonable get for the group of guys on that list? Generally teams don’t trade first line centers Period. Let alone for struggling players on bad contracts, Playoff rentals, disgrunted prospects, and Tyler Ennis.

    Rather see them find an afferable veteran number two to teach the kids and Figure out how to get Andrew Ladd out Winnipeg.

    • Jes

      Why Ladd?

      Doubt Jets and there new coach want to get rid of there captain. Especially considering how well they have been doing since the coaching change. Only ones available on that team are Jokinen, Setoguchi and Byfuglien IMHO.

  • Jacob Breunig

    I am very interested in this years scenario, as of the midterm rankings, there 4-5 #1 picks available: Reinhart, Ekblad, Dal Colle, Bennet and Draisaitl. So the sabres can select the guy they want, and if they want dal colle at 4 or 5, maybe see if anyone is willing to trade up. Then move back and get more tools to speed the rebuild. I also really want mcdavid next year and hearing Murray say that you don’t have to be the worst team to have a chance at that guy gives me hope that if they’re 4th or 5th, then we may have a chance with all the firsts and seconds we will have coming up and following potential trades.

    • Jes

      Forgot Nylander to he’s ranked #4 I believe.

      No one’s going to trade a pick that will land you a McDavid or Eichel for anything. Hell Edmonton didn’t even give up Yaks or Colorado with Mackinnon. TSN reported some real crazy bounty’s on those 1st overalls. Sorry Jacob but nobody in there right mind would trade a pick that will land a generational type of player like McDavid.

      • Jacob Breunig

        I agree with you, this is just perfect world talk. However, I do believe everyone has a price. I wouldn’t be shocked if the sabres traded from like 4-5th with three firsts and a second or two. If mcdavid is stamkos or Crosby, then I want the sabres to pull a Washington redskins and ask what it would take to trade into that spot and give it to them. In a perfect world, we won’t have to finish last to get him or eichel.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      if the Isles send us their pick this season the Sabres could end up with 2 picks inside the top 5 which would be perfect. We could land two of those guys and that would go a long way in the rebuild

  • Jes

    1. Your a tough cookie to crack CC. When I say trade Miller you disagree with me about it then you publish this article in which you support the trading of Miller? Confusing.

    2. I’d keep Ott over Moulson right now. He is our captain. He deserves to stay here. So I disagree with you about trading Ott. Unless a real good offer comes up you keep him.

    3. Trading for a number one center is basically IMPOSSIBLE. Now read my sentence correctly. I’m not saying it is impossible. I’m saying it’s BASICALLY impossible. Trading for one now is pointless. You play the waiting game until next offseason. The centers currently available are no better then 2nd line at best. The only decent center available right now is Sam Gagner.

    I’d also like to add….

    4. Trade Moulson. Preferably for a 1st in next years draft.

    5. Commit to a total rebuild as planned. Don’t go out of your way to acquire a quick fix like a Sam Gagner or a Joe Pavelski.

    6. Target Eichel or McDavid in the 2015 draft. Instead of adding 2nd liners onto the roster for that center position why not just go for one of those two? if we are the worst team in the league next season we are guaranteed one of the top 2 picks. As the worst team in the league can’t pick lower then 2. So guaranteed we get a superstar out of it as opposed to 2nd liner at best.

    • JHizzle75

      Not a big fan of Gagner, either. However, Pavelski scored his 27th goal tonight.
      I wouldn’t sell the guy short, don’t know what it would take to get him but it would be worth inquiring at the very least.
      I would also keep Ott. He’s a good captain and it would make the Sabres look Mickey Mouse to trade another captain.

      • Jes

        He’s not even available. Why would San Jose get rid of there 2nd center?

        He’s a #2 nothing more. He went on a little hot streak in this past week or two. So ya every player has his hot stretches. If we are getting rid of Hodgson then I’d be fine with it. Other then that stick to this years and next years draft to better the #1 center position.

        • JHizzle75

          You stated Pavelski was nothing more than your everyday 2nd line Center. I’m just saying he’s better than that, he made the US Olympic team and he would be a #1 Center on Buffalo. I’m sure SJ wants to keep him but what’s the harm in asking what they would want for him? Even if we do draft centers in the next 2 drafts they won’t be 1st liners immediately, we will need some time for them to adjust to NHL level play.

          • Jes

            Kessler made the Olympic team I believe and he’s nothing more then a 2nd line center.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      1. I don’t want to trade Miller, but if he’s not going to resign before the tradedeadline there is really no other choice.
      2. I think you have to trade Ott- he’s our captain big whoop, how’d that work out for the last couple who were traded? Moulson has better offence and I wouldn’t trade a guy like Moulson when we need scoring through the rebuild.
      3. It would be difficult no doubt but the Sabres have the right mix of players available to perhaps talk a team into trading away a centre. There is also no guarentee we get McDavid or Eiche, what if we’re not the worst team in the league?

      • Jes

        2. You haven’t been a fan of Ott since day one IMHO, so I’m not surprised you want to trade him.

        3. Your not getting a center for all the crap on the roster we have now. And trading away our best assets in Risto, Myers, Girgs and Zadorov shouldn’t even enter our minds. So what if takes 1-2 years for McDavid to develop into a full time center? Guaranteed it only makes a difference between bottom 3 to bottom 10. Not worth it IMO. Also a team this bad and probably without Moulson, Ott and Miller I’m sure we will guarantee ourselves Eichel or McDavid.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          1. Nice try I’m a huge fan of Ott’s I love his game. Did I want him as the captain no but that doesn’t mean I don’t like him.
          What part of WE HAVE TO GET MCDAVID don’t you understand? Just because the Sabres want doesn’t mean he’ll be there’s! There are other players in this years draft the Sabres actually have a shot at.

          • Jes

            Lol your too funny. Go look at your past posts. You’ve always hated on the way Ott plays the game. Anybody who plays with an edge you’ve been hating on. Scott, Kaleta and Ott. I wouldn’t be surprised if Konopka makes your list also. I’m not gonna go hunting at your past posts but you have stated that you hate his style of play and so and so forth. Nice try though;) (y).

            What part of WE HAVE TO GET MCDAVID OR EICHEL DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? If we are this bad with our current team, what would our team look like without Miller, Moulson and Ott? We will easily be worse next season. Like I’ve said before and I doubt you are aware of that the worst team in the league is guaranteed a top 2 pick. So seriously take a chill pill…….

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Look if we get McDavid I’ll be thrilled truly, and maybe we will be horid this season but there is no guarentee that’s all I’m trying to say.
            I love Ott, whether you believe it or not- Scott I don’t like and Kaleta I’m not a big fan of so I can’t argue there but Ott is a guy I like period.

          • Jes

            U may say you like him now, but u cannot just take back what you said close to the beginning of the season. But whatevs.

  • jimbobv2

    Trading Miller depends on the market.

    Trading Ott is OK if you have a plan for who is the next captain. Personally, I think Ott stays if they want to keep Nolan around. Steve Ott just seems like a perfect fit as captain with Nolan behind the bench.

    Getting a real #1 center is far easier said than done. Every team wants a #1 center. That’s why the only way to get one is get lucky in the trade market (think Joe Thornton to SJ), get lucky in the draft, or overpay for a UFA who’s best days are behind him (think Brad Richards to NYR).

    I think Ott stays, Miller and Moulson go, and Murray tries really, really hard to package Grigorenko with some excess D like maybe McNabb to get some help up front.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Murray said that if Miller doesn’t want to resign he won’t let him get away for nothing so Miller will likely be dealt somewhere as the Sabres can’t lose him for nothing.
      I have no issues with Ott and he’ll probably stick around, I was just saying he will field a lot of calls and if there’s a sweet deal that helps with the draft then Murray should consider it.

      Oh I know, acquiring a number one centre is far easier said then done. Even if the Sabres could nab some team’s 2nd line centre and just have him play on the Sabres top line for a year or so just to try different things out.
      The propblem with this years draft is I don’t see anyone who can fit a number 1 centre role, including Reinhart. I think he’s a 2nd line play making centre on any contending team. Actually, I haven’t seen much about the Bennett kid so I’m not sure about him but the rest don’t fit the 1st line centre role.

      • jimbobv2

        It doesn’t matter what Murray wants if there isn’t a market for him.

        Will the Caps call about Miller? Maybe.

        Will the Blues call about Miller? Maybe.

        But, unless there is a major season ending injury to a #1 like say Quick in LA, I don’t know if there will be a big market for Miller. Most contenders are solid in net already.

        And as far as the tag #1 center, I think it’s overrated. Boston doesn’t have a classic #1 center and actually got better by trading their #1 overall draft pick classic #1 center to SJ.

        I think Reinhart is in the Toews mode. Maybe not an elite #1, but a guy with a load of hockey sense, leadership, and skill that can be a major piece in a rebuild.

      • Jes

        Do you have a link where Murray said this?

        • Caitlin Campbell

          1. We’re not allowed to post links and comments and 2. he said it in an interview when he was first hired. SOmeone asked him about Miller and he said that if he wasn’t going to stick around he wasn’t going to let him go for nothing.