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Buffalo Sabres Daily: Trade Rumors, Traverse City, Fred Jackson

The Toronto Maple Leafs have their eyes set on defense, and are targetting the Buffalo Sabres pick at number two.  [Sports World News].

Ok, so this makes as much sense as the NHL moving to Las Vegas – where no one is from but everyone goes, so your fanbase is going to be about as energetic as…..well you know.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs have given up the prospect of going after the number one overall pick – and have their eyes on a defenseman, they have to know that Aaron Ekblad is going to be off the board when the number two spot rolls around.

So who do they go with next?  Next highest on the North American skaters list is Canadian born Hayden Fleury at number 9 overall according to central scouting.  Marcus Pettersson is ranked number seven on the European list of skaters – but with the focus on Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett – no one has paid much attention to across the pond.

Tim Murray is looking to move back into the draft at a later round.  Unless he has something lined up to select first overall (or third) – it is highly unlikely that the Toronto Maple Leafs get the number two pick.

Buffalo Sabres have plenty of trade partners if Tim Murray really wants to get serious about trading back into the first round.  [WGR550].

There are plenty of options out there for Tim Murray and the Buffalo Sabres, but Murray just needs to be able to find the right dance partner, or at least the one that will say yes to giving up a first round draft pick.  With next years draft more important to teams than this years – he might be able to find the right trade.  Tim Murray and company might not be happy with the product that Darcy Regier left him, but the haul he has to work with is impressive.

Traverse City here we come, lets go there and win us one….more.  [SabreNoise].

The Buffalo Sabres have made it to three of the last four Traverse City Tournaments (with one being cancelled).  In the two that have been played, they have a first place win and a runner up.  Can they get control of the Traverse City Tournament Trophy once again in their third try?

The NHL really needs to figure out a way to expand these prospect tournaments and put more of a camera on them.  Let the fans see the tournaments just like regular season games.  You want revenue – give fans more hockey.

What can we expect from Fred Jackson as his career comes to a close?  How much more does he have left in him? [BuffalowDown].

The Buffalo Bills want an aggressive offense, and Fred is in a contract year.  At 33 years old – he is the elder statesmen of the Buffalo Bills, but can his aging body meet the demands of the position he plays?

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