Okay, Buffalo Sabres fans:
The NHL trade deadline is set for this Wednesday at 3 p.m. By trading away former Vezina-winning goaltender Ryan Miller and team captain Steve Ott, the Sabres have already made the most high-profile trade they can possibly make this season – but it’s foolish to assume the first trade, while the largest, was their last.
With a few more players set to become UFAs at the end of this season – Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis – and with so many Stanley Cup-hopefuls looking to add the final missing piece to their roster, we have to assume that the Sabres will be involved in at least one more move before the dust settles.
So now the question becomes simply, who’s next?
As soon as he was brought to Buffalo in the trade that shipped Thomas Vanek out to the Islanders, it was kind of assumed that Moulson would be traded before March 5. Ennis is a player who could add some speed and scoring to a playoff contender’s second or third line. Both Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers are defensemen who still have years left on their contract, meaning they are not simply one year rental players, which gives them a little more value in the long run. Finally, the Sabres acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak Friday night, yet don’t seem to be in any hurry to have him actually play any games, leading many to believe the wheels are already turning in the attempts to flip Halak for another prospect or pick.
So many options – so who goes next? Take my poll and then enjoy your bragging rights if you were correct, or slink off to your dark closest if you were not!