No, no one is falling backwards and having the other guy catch them.
OK, just for fun, as we get close to the draft, thought I'd throw out a few scenarios and see what fans are thinking at this point. Choose your favorite:
Scenario A: Sabres are bold, trading pick #8, a prospect and Vanek to move into TB's spot at 3. Sabres proceed to select MacKinnon if FLA passes on him, if not they surprisingly select Barkov at #3, skipping over Drouin, then deal both 2nds and #16 to move up w DAL and select Shinkaruk at #10. You now have Z, Armia, Barkov, and Shinkaruk all ready to come up to the bigs in 2014-15, where Grigs and other young guys (McNabb, Tropp, Larsson, etc) already have gotten substantial playing time. In this scenario, Stafford is moved, but Miller is kept while Hackett/Makarov, et al are given another season of, well, seasoning, in the A. Miller is moved at the deadline in a sign and trade (if he's playing well) for picks, or allowed to walk and the end of the year. Hodgson gets a short-term 3 yr deal at 4 per; Enroth gets the same; the rest are allowed to enter into their RFA deals with their contracts waiting on performance. So you've potentially reworked almost your entire Top 6 in a 2 year span, and you have 4 picks in the Top 50 in 14-15, after BFLO has likely had a rough season. Barkov or Nate Mac are both can't miss guys, you've made your offense more explosive, but you'll have some growing pains and will have to suffer through a couple miserable seasons and may have long-term goalie problems.
Scenario B: Sabres do a full house-cleaning. Vanek (to Columbus), Miller (to PHX), Stafford (to WIN) are all moved for various pieces; Leino is bought out. Let's say the players mentioned above net a prospect, multiple Round 2 picks (this year and next), and a handful of other later round picks. This year, the Sabres now have 3 1sts (8, 16, 19) and 3 2nds. In the draft, they do the following: Monahan at 8, Pulock at 16, Rychel at 19, and to everyone's surprise, they trade up to #28 for 2 of their 2nd rounders to #28, where they pick up Erne. They go goalie in Round 2. They resign Coho to a longer-term deal at, oh, 4.5 mill a year, Enroth gets a 2 year deal at 2.5 per. A handful of guys are signed to hit the Cap Floor; everybody but Ehrhoff, Enroth, Coho and Foligno are playing for their jobs. They now have 4 2nd rounders in 2014-15 draft; they use 2 of those post-draft to add another 1st (22-26). Next year, they will be atrocious, but they now have a busload of talent and in 14-15 they will likely have a high 1st and a late 1st to add to their collection. If most of these guys pan out (a big IF) then the team could be set for a decade - if not, they will be awful for a half-decade or more.
Scenario C: Sabres generally stand pat. They keep Vanek and Miller, confident they can resign. They add Streit in FA, move Stafford for picks, and keep Leino as a body. At #8 they add Nurse, and at 16 they pick up Mantha, both high-upside guys that have some developing to do. Coho is resigned at 3 yr, 4 mill; Ennis is extended 3 yr 3 mill; Enroth gets a 2 yr extension; Foligno and Flynn both get a small raise to re-up for 2 more years. Maybe Rolston's new system and Darcy's reiteration that 'no one is safe' adds a sense of urgency to the locker room and the Sabres surprise, with the young guys contributing big minutes and a high level night-in night-out intensity puts BFLO back in the playoffs, or they remain mired in mediocrity or worse and DR gets the heave-ho and Rolston is on thin-ice with the new GM.
I thought about a Scenario D, where Darcy is REALLY bold and after cleaning house, throws a huge offer sheet at Tuuka Rask to blow up the Bruins' cap, but I am trying for SOME connection to reality here.
If you were 'rebuilding' this team, which scenario would you lean toward? Or is there another I'm forgetting?