Tim Murray has parted with a second round draft pick in the 2016 draft for former Montreal Canadiens Josh Gorges.
Gorges had a no movement clause but waived it in order to come to the Buffalo Sabres.
Originally an undrafted free agent signed by the San Jose Sharks, brought in to most likely fill the hole on the left side of the blue line with the absence of Christian Ehrhoff.
Gorges has four years remaining on his contract, worth just shy of four million dollars a season.
In 66 games last season with the Canadiens Gorges scored one goal and added 13 assists.
Is this a move Tim Murray made to shore up his blue line long term – or is this part of a larger deal that Tim Murray might try to make?
Rumor has it that Josh Gorges turned down a deal that would have sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gorges could be hoping on the fact that the Buffalo Sabres can flip him for something from a contender at the trade deadline or in next years draft.
It is not a free agent signing but it replaces the salary that Tim Murray shuffled off by clipping Christian Ehrhoff from the roster, making getting to the salary cap floor a little bit easier.
A second round draft pick seems a little high to spend on an undrafted free agent, but Tim Murray doesn’t plan on being reliant on the NHL draft after the 2015 sweepstakes in which he has three first round picks. Buffalo retains their own second round draft pick in 2016. The draft pick that was traded was the pick they received from the Minnesota Wild.
Could he possible use the St. Louis pick and some other prospects to move up in the draft and get a higher first round pick next year?
With changes to the draft lottery set to be in place for next season, teams outside of the playoffs in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes might be a little more apprehensive in selling their chance at number one.