If you were The Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill what would be your next move for the Buffalo Sabres?
Would it be trading away Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhardt, Johan Larsson, Chad Johnson or Robin Lehner for players, prospect and picks? What team would you trade them to and for what in return?
Would you infuse more talent from the Rochester Americans ?
Evander Kane is the crowning jewel of the Tim Murray era and just because he’s a product of a Tim Murray trade does not mean that we have to trade him away.
When you give up goal scorers for defense, your offense struggles, a great offense makes up for lack of defense.
I, myself would trade away Ryan O’Reilly, Johan Larson and Chad Johnson.
Trading away Ryan O’Reilly will give you a chance to sign leading scorer Evander Kane to a long-term contract, which is more beneficial to the Sabres than any lowball offer that will be tendered.
I think O’Rielly can fetch a 2-3 defenseman and a prospect. If it’s a 3 d-man then a 3rd rounder should be added on.
Johan Larsson can get you a 3 to 4 defenseman which will help The Sabre’s solidify the defense. I also believe if you could find a team that will take Zack Bogosian and his mammoth contract for maybe a third round pick and salary retained you’d be ahead of the game.
Chad Johnson is a great backup goalie for any team and definitely won’t hurt the Sabres to move him as Linus Ullmark seems ready for the backup goaltending role.
The reasoning of trading Chad Johnson instead of Robin Lehner you need a good #1 goaltender, whoa hold on! He may be struggling but he can handle the rigors of an NHL schedule better than what you can get back or bring up from the farm. Robin gives you the insurance you need if Ullmark fails.
Chad can fetch a 3rd pick.
So, with those players traded Buffalo gets 2 defenseman, a prospect and a 3rd round pick and another possible 3rd rounder.
Over/under payment, just right?
Let’s go Buffalo!