It’s nothing new to us Sabres fans that the team lacked in offensive numbers this season. As much as we all are hoping that Sam Reinheart or Sam Bennet will be the new scoring sensation for Buffalo, the likelihood of that is slim, so I have come up with a possible steal for the Sabres come July 1st and the UFA’s hit the market. That steal’s name is Dany Heatley.
Yes most of us (especially me) are hoping for the possible returns of Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott, or even Matt Moulson, but they all appear to have wanted to move on from the Sabres’ rebuild and onto teams that have shots at winning right now. There is a hope and chance that at least one of them return, but the chances are low. There is a player, however, that will possibly be hitting free agency that might be looking for an upgraded position from his current one. Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley is a 33 year old sniper that has seen his numbers drop due to inconstancies as well as stars like Zach Parise taking over his place as a top line sniper. Some of you fans might remember his days in Ottawa, and some of you may dislike him for these years, but hear me out. I want you to think back to those years when he played for the Senators; you know, those years where he was able to score 50 goals in 2 straight years and then over 40 in the year afterwards? That is skill that the Sabres desperately need and currently lack.
Heatley would bring a high level of skill, as well as a willingness to shoot the puck before he passes it. He’s a player that used to think “shoot first, pass second” and still does have this mentality. His shot is precise and fast, and put him alongside Cody Hodgson or Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford and you will see production from him. He’s a player that loves to be the superstar, and in Buffalo, he would have that exact chance and would, more likely than not, rise to the occasion.
What do you guys think? Should the Sabres make a play on Heatley, if he makes it to free agency? Or should they trade a draft pick for his rights and sign him to a deal worth a little over 4.5 million per year then? Personally, I think that it would be a smart move for the Sabres and it will even challenge the team to play at the high level that Heatley plays at.