Buffalo Sabres Daily: Trade Deadline, NHL Creativity


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans! It’s another game day for the Sabres, and another day closer to the NHL trade deadline.

GM Tim Murray is likely going to be quite busy over the next few days, and we could see a lot more change coming to the Buffalo Sabres lineup in the next week. Who will stay, who will go, and who will come to Buffalo…. all to be determined in a short time, so sit tight and get ready.

First up in your daily links this morning is a piece from The Guardian of the top players available at the trade deadline.

Some of the players rumored to be available in this year’s upcoming trade deadline include NHL legend Jaromir Jagr,  Los Angeles Kings “prospect” Mike Richards, who now sits in the AHL, and of course, Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart.

Here’s an excerpt from the article re: Stewart.

"“The two-time 28-goal scorer has struggled offensively this season but his physical style makes him enticing for clubs seeking forward depth. The Bruins and Calgary Flames have reportedly expressed interest in Stewart.”"

So — could Stewart wind up in Boston or Calgary? Or will he end up elsewhere, and either way, what would be the return coming back to the Sabres? And what other tricks could Murray have up his sleeve?

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Sticking on the trade deadline talk route, here (via Sportsnet) are the top 10 greatest NHL trade deadline day deals.

From recent acquisitions, such as the time the Lightning got a steal of a deal, picking up Ben Bishop in exchange for Cory Conacher,to more historic deals such as the time the Vancouver Canucks picked up Marcus Naslund, this kind of covers a wide spectrum.

Here’s my question to you, Buffalo Sabres fans. What would you designate as the greatest trade deadline day deal in the history of the franchise? Any thoughts?

Moving on to some specific Buffalo Sabres news, Die By The Blade takes a look at who the new face of the Buffalo Sabres is. With long-time Sabres such as Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford and big-name guys like Tyler Myers and Jhonas Enroth gone, who is the face of the team now?

As it stands right now, Mike Weber is the longest-tenured player on the current roster, with the exception of the injury-reserve listed Patrick Kaleta. But who do other NHL teams think of when they discuss the Sabres?

My guess, like the folks from DBTB, would be the first names that would pop up include Zemgus Girgensons, particularly since he hit the NHL All-Star game, or perhaps Tyler Ennis, Chris Stewart (in the news largely due to his trade rumors) or maybe even Michal Neuvirth.

Other morning links today:

From Yahoo Sports — does the NHL crush the creativity of its players?

And a bit of news from Las Vegas, where the NHL season ticket deposit drive has surpassed the 6,000 mark and is close to 7,000.

There’s 11 games on tap tonight for the NHL, including the Buffalo Sabres visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets. Elsewhere around the league, the Canucks and Bruins face off. The New York Islanders host Arizona, while the Rangers host the Flames. Carolina and Philadelphia meet, as do Montreal and St. Louis.

In Western Conference action, the Avalanche and Predators face off, while the Oilers and Wild also get together. Also on tap: Stars/Jets, Panthers/Blackhawks and finally, Detroit vs. Los Angeles.

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