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How aggressive is too aggressive is the question being asked over at Die By The Blade.
I don’t think you need to give up anything this year to improve your draft odds. There are three top players in the draft class this year, and you are holding the number two spot. Next season however, Tim Murray has a real good chance of getting aggressive, as he will hold at a minimum two first round draft picks (his own, and the New York Islanders).
Knowing what is at stake next year, are teams willing to give up any pick in the top five? Can the Buffalo Sabres use power, prospects, and any standing in the first round next year to move themselves up into the top spot – or even just get multiple picks in the top five?
I think Tim Murray has enough fuel for the fire, and enough draft picks to stock the farm and round out his roster. I do not foresee it as necessary to get aggressive and move up in the draft by selling away parts already in place.
Analysis of the salary cap for the 2014-2015 season means money has to be spent somewhere. [Sports Media 101].
It is a different regime finally handling contracts, resigning, the draft, and free agency. That is a good thing because the Buffalo Sabres have gone from big spenders to having a lot of small time contracts on their roster. Terry Pegula will be having to open up the check book to bring the Buffalo Sabres to the floor this up coming season.
I don’t think you necessarily need to over spend in free agency, and the Buffalo Sabres will likely be adding plenty of third and fourth line players as the team builds from the bottom out. I don’t agree with the authors premise that we have to retain Ville Leino in order to get to the salary cap floor, you can buy him out and not use any of the two compliance buyouts – getting rid of Leino but his contract will still hit your books.
Ten perfect fits between potential NHL prospects and the NHL teams that will take them in the first round of the draft. [Bleacher Report].
Stanley Cup Playoff Tracker
Chicago Blackhawks (3) vs Minnesota Wild (2)
Anaheim Ducks (2) vs Los Angeles Kings (2)
Boston Bruins (3) vs Montreal Canadiens (2)
Pittsburgh Penguins (3) vs New York Rangers (3)