Feb 25, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Murray And The Bad Contract Option

The bad contract is something that we all know too well in Buffalo.  The Buffalo Sabres already have one of those they are desperately trying to get rid of.  With the New York Rangers win last night in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals – the buyout of Ville Leino is pushed back to Monday at the earliest now.

That doesn’t mean the Buffalo Sabres are in a position to only have solid contracts on their roster.  If the plan is to dump Ville Leino – and the salary cap going up as rumored, the Buffalo Sabres are in a position to have to pay out some money this year.  According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Tim Murray is looking for any way possible to get that second first round pick.

“I can’t imagine I would trade the second overall pick.  I’d like to get a couple of more first round picks and I have those three third-rounders to us.  I certainly knwo you can’t trade a second for a first, but you might take some money back in a deal to do that and I do have to get to the [cap] floor.  There are different ways to get to the floor so I’m exploring that (sic).”  -GM Tim Murray

Now we all know it three second rounders that Tim Murray has at his disposal.  With a high first round draft pick this year, and three guaranteed first rounders next year, why be greedy?  Because Tim Murray wants to build a winner.

And it’s not like the Buffalo Sabres are worried about taking on bad money contracts.  Remember bringing back Alex Kotalik in order to swing a deal?  No one wanted him back, but the Buffalo Sabres wanted Robyn Regehr and that second round draft pick last year.  September rolled around and the Buffalo Sabres planned on sending Kotalik to Rochester – but Kotalik defected back to his home country to play.  Bad contract out of site, out of mind.

Tim Murray could theoretically do the same thing to get back into the first round.  He has a plethora of draft picks and prospects that he isn’t necessarily married to because he didn’t draft them.  With a boatload of second round picks he can afford to give up one or two of them to add first round talent.

Take on the bad contract – I am all for it.  No contract could be as bad as the one the Buffalo Sabres are currently dealing with, and if its a short term answer to a long term problem in Buffalo – why not?

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