Apr 3, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart, Roster Depth

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With everyone thinking the Buffalo Sabres are done tweaking their roster for the season, are they interested in Evander Kane? [Sports Media 101].

The Winnipeg Jets are trying to get rid of an unhappy player, but the price tag might be too high.  The Buffalo Sabres have the draft picks to offer, but not a forward that the Jets might be looking for.

I like that the Buffalo Sabres might be interested in bringing in a player like Kane, but is now the right time to be thinking about it?

Now is not the time for the Buffalo Sabres to be adding that caliber of player.  You want the roster to be better, but at the same time – you don’t want to be so good as to get yourself out of the top ten of next years draft at your best shot at the draft lottery.

Evander Kane has four years left on his current deal.  Let him start the season with Winnipeg and trade for him at the deadline where the deal might be better suited for you, and you don’t have to jeopardize your chances in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.  (Yes – I am draft dreaming).

Sam Reinhart expected to be on Buffalo Sabres roster according to Kootney Ice GM.  [WGR550].

If you ask the Kootney Ice general manager where Sam Reinhart will be next season, he will tell you that Reinhart will be playing for the Buffalo Sabres next season.

Maybe he didn’t check with Tim Murray before he made those comments.  Reinhart, much like any other top ten prospect that is highly touted for the NHL – has outgrown his junior level experience and is ready for the professional ranks.

Unfortunately for him, the American Hockey League won’t take him because of his age, and the NHL club that draft him is just not ready for him at any level.  The Buffalo Sabres are in a position where giving Reinhart another year in Kootney is most beneficial for them.  I wouldn’t hate to see Reinhart in blue and gold all season, but for the rebuild to take shape – Tim Muray would much rather not play his prospects this season.

The Buffalo Sabres have the top farm system in the league right now.  [Sports Illustrated].

You almost want to wad your computer up and throw it in the garbage reading the first line of this article.  Give Darcy Regier some credit?  I don’t think so.

It is promising that people are starting to look at the Buffalo Sabres and saying, wow, in three years this team is going to be rock solid.  It is the publicity that the Buffalo Sabres need for guys that are going to be big name free agents in three years.  Hopefully they will be fighting to play for the Buffalo Sabres.

Outside of giving Darcy Regier credit – we have the best farm system in the league right now.

 

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