Thinking about the trade in dollars and cents, or apples to apples in this world of theory that I like to call my brain – maybe Tim Murray is more of a genius than Darcy Regier.
Think about it, you got rid of a goalie on an expiring contract to get a goalie on an expiring contract. Scratch move.
Then you trade Steve Ott for a prospect in William Carrier and an established player that is being sought by another seemingly good team in Stewart. Two for one – in a rebuilding organization those are pretty good odds. Point Sabres.
Then Tim Murray goes and does the St. Louis Blues a favor knowing they are up against the cap by keeping some of Ryan Miller’s salary. He didn’t have to. You just boosted your organizations image. Point Sabres.
Oh, then before the Blues could hang up the phone – gee Mr. Murray since you were so nice to keep some of Ryan’s salary to make this happen so we have a good chance at the Cup, how about a first round draft pick and a conditional pick to sweeten the pot. Point Sabres.
But wait – I thought the point of the rebuild was to rebuild the team through the draft and get in a core group of players that are on your side not Darcy’s? Oh, I see, your going to flip Halak to a team that needs him as a viable backup, go La Familia on Ottawa and pull a pick and more out of the Senators for Stewart?
How many picks is Buffalo up to know in the next three years in the first two rounds alone. Game, set, match point.