A couple of weeks ago I did a post that chronicled the trade deadline history of Darcy Regier. In the past he has managed some of the best trades in Sabres history but this year is very much different. Regier is in a starnge situation that is unlike any other he has seen before. He has plenty of unrestricted free agents that other teams may want to have but he is also in a situation where the Sabres are in ninth place and desperately need to make the playoffs. Sure it would be a PR nightmare for the Sabres to miss the playoffs but more importantly...they need the money.
Most of the focus has been on Tim Connolly and rightfully so, he is the Sabres most talented player and would get the most in return. There are other players that could be traded today or tomorrow as well. There are probably only three or four players on the Sabres that are untouchable and that list is probably Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller and Derek Roy.
Could be Traded
|2008 - Tim Connolly||29||11||15||26||2||8||2||1||3||0||81||13.6|
Connolly is just about a point per game player. The Sabres would love to keep him but with his impending free agency, the risk might be to great. He would definitely command something in return and would allow the Sabres to get a player that could help now.
|2008 - Maxim Afinogenov||34||2||10||12||-14||12||0||0||0||0||64||3.1|
The Sabres can't get rid of him soon enough. He will probably be gone by tomorrow but there is another scenario that could play out. Nobody is willing to give up more than a sixth or seventh rounder so the Sabres decided to keep him...could happen.
|2008 - Ales Kotalik||56||13||19||32||-7||28||8||0||1||0||153||8.5|
I would be very surprised if he is traded before the deadline. Kotalik is a career underachiever and would not get much back in return. he does have value for the Sabres as they head down the stretch. Every point is important and he is a shootout specialist. He may single handedly get the Sabres an extra two or three points.
If the Sabres do make the playoffs, we all know what Kotalik can do on the power play. The best scenario would be to bury him on the third or fourth line with less minutes and use him as a power play specialist.
|2008 - Jaroslav Spacek||61||6||23||29||-2||20||4||0||0||0||96||6.3|
With the emergence of Chris Butler and Andrej Sekera, it is unlikely that Spacek will be signed in the off-season. With that being said, he deserves to be on this list. Spacek is a veteran player and has proven skills that are a commodity at this time of year. This will only happen if the price is right and the Sabres would have to get a defenseman from somewhere to make this trade.
|2008 - Teppo Numminen||53||2||13||15||-5||22||1||0||1||0||31||6.5|
Teppo is another guy that will be unrestricted at the end of the season. The Sabres currently have eight defensemen on the roster and could get something in return for Numminen. It looks like age is finally catching up with Numminen and he has looked much slower on the ice than he has in previous seasons.
|2008 - Drew Stafford||60||17||22||39||8||22||7||0||0||2||153||11.1|
I know this sounds crazy but it may come to fruition. Stafford is a restricted free agent at the end of the season and he may have played his way out of Buffalo. Stafford is having the best season of his career and will probably get paid in the range of $2.5-$3.5 million next season. That is a lot of money on a team that is already paying large salaries to Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Ryan Miller, Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville.
This is a list I compiled of potential targets for other teams. keep in mind that I listed only three players as untouchables for the Sabres and just about anyone could be dealt.