Buffalo Sabres Daily: Pysyk, Trades, Draft Picks


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans! Today is the day we’ve been waiting for: NHL trade deadline day.

As we head into the craziness that may (or may not) be today, a few things to keep in mind. The deadline is technically 3 p.m., but trades can be announced after that. Paperwork has to be filed by 3 p.m., but it can take a bit of time after that for a trade to be finalized and announced by the league.

Also, consider this your friendly reminder to be wary of the news you hear out there. If you’re keeping an eye on Twitter for sources, don’t be fooled by parody or fake accounts that pretend to be “insiders” or analysts. Always check the source before you get excited (or upset). That being said…. let it begin!

Of course — it’s already begun. Just because the deadline is today doesn’t mean everything happens today, as we saw quite a few trades throughout the NHL on Sunday.

How about the New York Rangers, who acquired Keith Yandle, Carl Klingberg and James Sheppard in separate deals on Sunday? Or the Erik Cole to Detroit trade? How about Antoine Vermette going to Chicago?

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So what pieces will we see moved this trade deadline day? Keep a close eye and buckle up… it’s going to be quite a ride.

In other Buffalo Sabres news: defenseman Mark Pysyk, who was reassigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans just days ago, collapsed on Saturday morning during a pick-up basketball game. He was taken to the hospital and was later released, according to an update from the team.

A scary situation that was hopefully nothing serious, but either way, positive thoughts to the young defenseman.

Pysyk, a 2010 draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, has 16 points in 51 games with Rochester this season. He also has three points in seven games with the Sabres this year, and overall has 70 NHL games under his belt.

One of the key pieces of this year’s NHL trade deadline: draft picks. [The Star]

I’d like to propose an addendum to this and say that prospects are also “like gold” in NHL trades. Whether it’s AHL players, college prospects or players in other leagues like the CHL or overseas…. don’t underestimate the value of pieces like draft picks or prospects. They may not mean a lot at the present time, but they’re a great investment into the team’s future.

Either way, it’s a busy seller’s market as the NHL trade deadline grows closer and closer. [Vancouver Sun]

Going to keep this morning’s links light, as this is set to be a busy news day in the NHL. Who can possibly focus on any other hockey-related news on a day surrounding so many moves? There’s a lot of questions heading into this year’s trade deadline still, several big names who could still be moved and I have a feeling this could be a good one.

What will Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray do at this year’s deadline?

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