****3/9 Edit. Ah, the lovely readers of hockeybuzz. The lack of reading comprehension on this site never ceases to amaze me. At no point did I say that either say that either team should make this trade. I merely thought it was an interesting concept as in some ways each team has what the other needs. I don't even know that either team would want to make the trade but that wasn't the point.
That said... the return for the Isles would be enormous. Girgensons is already really impressing in Buffalo as a 20 year old (second coming of Drury). Two of the picks will probably be Reinhart, Ekblad or the other guy whose name escapes me. The second rounder is at the top of the round. In that sense they would essentially be getting 5 firsts back. For the record, most of the Buffalo fans said that the Sabres shouldn't make the trade. I think that I agree with them.
I'd like to first state that I feel for Islanders fan. I recently saw the 30 for 30 special that detailed their sale to Spanos. Shouldn't the combination of Spanos and Milbury result in the interruption of the space time continuum as we know it? Isn't that like crossing the streams? Anyway, I had no idea that their fans were that passionate before watching the documentary. I feel really awkward telling you that I feel for you because my team has the second worst owner in hockey.
Everyone says that the Sabres and Edmonton are natural trade partners because of their matching strengths/needs. I think the Islanders are actually a better fit because of the events of the last four months.
I propose the following swap:The Sabres 2014 draft (assuming 3 first rounders, including 2 top-5 picks and multiple picks in other rounds) and Zemgus Girgensons for John Tavares. <br /><br />Why Girgensons? Because he is considered the most untouchable person in our organization. He is undoubtedly our future captain.
Why Buffalo makes the trade:
We have to get a #1 stud franchise center. It is an absolute must. The worst possible scenario of not making this trade is that we get a bunch of guys in this draft that our second liners. We have oodles of second liners. Also, the cupboard is full. We were recently ranked as having the second best organizational prospects and that was before the trade deadline additions. We also have a slew of picks in the golden 2015 draft.
Why Buffalo doesn't make the trade:
The inclusion of Girgensons could be the tipping point. Also, Murray might think that his eye for talent is so good that he can turn all those picks into gold. It is a lot to give up, surely.
Why the Islanders make the trade:
The Vanek trade was a disaster. They sacrificed a very high first round pick (Snow recently implied that it would be a 2014 first) in the trade, and lost their top-line winger in the initial trade. It is my understanding that they have decent players on the way - this would be a way to turbo-charge their organization. You would get a future franchise-type player in Girgensons. I really believe he is the second coming of Drury.
Why the Islanders don't make the trade:
Because it is freaking John Tavares. These kinds of guys aren't laying around. I would say that they can't afford any more PR nightmares but at this point would anyone really notice?