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Buffalo Sabres Deal Jaroslav Halak To Washington

It came down to the wire for Tim Murray and the Buffalo Sabres, but the new Buffalo Sabres GM managed to pull the trigger on Jaroslav Halak who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ryan Miller. The Buffalo Sabres traded Halak to the Washington Capitals right as the deadline expired.

The Miller deal hinged on the Sabres flipping Halak for more and today Murray delivered on that notion by flipping the netminder to the Capitals who have been rumoured to be interested in a goaltender.

The Buffalo Sabres will receive Michal Neuvirth and veteran defenceman Rostislav Klesla in exchange for Jaroslav Halak. Neuvirth was

unhappy in Washington after Braden Holtby took over his job and asked for a trade out of town. Neuvirth will now have the opportunity to battle Jhonas Enroth for the Buffalo Sabres starting job.

Neuvirth was taken 34th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2006 and has playoff experience and two Calder Cup Championships under his belt. Neuvirth wanted a new home where he could battle to be a starter and Buffalo is certainly a place where he can do that.

At just 25 both Neuvirth and Enroth could be a solid 1A/1B tandem for the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres as both look to find their game and become starters. Klesla will provide veteran leadership on the blue line and add depth to the Sabres very young blue line. He was taken 4th overall in the 2000 NHL entry draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Buffalo Sabres flipped Miller for Halak for Neuvirth at the 2014 NHL trade deadline, not a bad week for Tim Murray.

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