- Cody Hodgson
- Alexander Sulzer
- Christian Ehrhoff
- Ville Leino
- Robyn Regehr
- Brad Boyes
- Raffi Torres
- Rob Niedermayer
- Jordan Leopold
These are the nine players that the Sabres have added to their roster since July 1, 2010.
They are also nine players that, before joining the Buffalo Sabres, were never mentioned as potential acquisition targets by WGR550, TSN, The Buffalo News, or any other media outlet for that matter. To our knowledge, none of them were ever even linked to the Sabres in the nonsensical NHL rumor blogosphere. (Update: The Brad Boyes trade was actually mentioned here by Eklund on Hockeybuzz.com before it happened… broken clock, blind squirrel? )
Say what you will about his track record– no one keeps cards to the vest like Darcy Regier. There are many reasons to suspect significant changes may be imminent, but based on the failure of past pundit predictions the truth about upcoming Sabres roster moves has yet to be revealed.
So with history as our guide, here’s a definitive list of five moves the Sabres will not make this weekend.
- Trade for Jordan Staal
- Trade for Rick Nash
- Trade for Paul Stastny
- Trade up for the 1st or 2nd pick in the draft
- Trade Ryan Miller for Patrick Kane
Now, here are 3 moves that might take place simply because they haven’t been mentioned yet.
- The Sabres trade Luke Adam and Nashville’s 1st round pick back to them for Mike Fisher to fit in as a gritty, two-way 3rd line center.
- The Sabres go all “New England Patriots” on us and trade down out of the first round completely to gather extra picks in a more talent-rich 2013 draft.
- The Sabres trade a boatload of picks, prospects and players to St. Louis for David Backes, or to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler, and completely reinvent the team’s leadership dynamic.
Have a few unfounded but plausible ideas of your own? Post them below for us all to ponder. Maybe we’ll even spark some new waves of rumor and speculation around the hockey world.