While some veteran players want nothing to do with the Buffalo Sabres or the Rochester Americans, there are some players who wouldn’t mind a shot of playing for the Sabres. Former Ottawa Senators draft pick Kaspars Daugavins has expressed interest through his agent in joining the Buffalo Sabres next season.
“He’s having a great year and is looking at a return to the NHL, time will tell. ~ Jay Grossman, Daugavins agent.
Yesterday a Swiss reporter sent out this tweet regarding the Sabres and Daugavins;
Gerücht: Servette-Stürmer Kaspars Daugavins kehrt nächste Saison in die NHL zurück. Zu Lettland-Coach Ted Nolan und den Buffalo Sabres.
— Stephan Roth (@9Roth) March 12, 2014
In english the tweet states how Kaspars Daugavins would like to rejoin the NHL next season under head coach Ted Nolan.
Nolan coached Daugavins as a member of the Latvian Olympic team in Sochi.
Daugavins is currently playing in the Swiss Elite league with the Geneve-Servette and has 18 goals and 44 points in 44 games. He was taken in the third round of the 2006 NHL entry draft by the Ottawa Senators and has played in 91 games between the Senators and Boston Bruins putting up 15 points. Daugavins was also a member of Tim Murray’s 2011 Calder Cup winning Binghamton Senators.
As of right now the Buffalo Sabres have two open contract slots to sign players going into next season and Kaspers Daugavins is quite interested in taking one of those spots.
Daugavins is an excellent skating forward with good puck control and a creative hockey mind. While he doesn’t like to throw his body around, he plays with is heart on his sleeve. You may remember Daugavins as the “spin-o-rama” shootout man for his slick shootout moves.
While nothing is official as of yet, having Kaspers Daugavins reunited with Ted Nolan and Zemgus Girgensons while making him earn his shot with a rebuilding Buffalo Sabres may be a smart move. He may not be a top 6 forward on a winning hockey team, but he plays left wing and may provide some energy and leadership for a rebuilding team.