The Buffalo Sabres have some hard (or maybe easy) decisions to make now that the Olympic roster freeze is over. With three unrestricted free agents on the roster – who do they move first?
Steve Ott has been vocal about wanting to stay in Buffalo. As a member of the Buffalo Sabres he is in a hockey market; he loves the area for his family and he loves the team from the ownership to the fans. As a top line forward it doesn’t make sense to keep Steve Ott, but can the Buffalo Sabres get a deal done that keeps Ott on a roster spot worthy of his play to keep the locker room motivated?
Matt Moulson has no emotional connection to the Buffalo Sabres, coming over to the team in a trade that saw long time Sabres scorer Thomas Vanek. As a member of the lowly New York Islanders he has seen his fair share of time on a team at the bottom suffering through a rebuild. He most likely doesn’t want to stick around to see it play out again.
Ryan Miller is the biggest name of the three. Buffalo is likely holding this card close to the vest; looking to get the most out of him. Could teams be shying away from trading anything for Ryan Miller knowing the cost is going to get very prohibitive to resign him? Ryan Miller likely wants to be the highest paid goaltender. There are few teams that can afford that and need a goaltender – and the ones that do, aren’t in a much better place than Buffalo.
So – who goes first?