According to Eklund, theres a chance that the Florida Panthers may be making Jay Bowmeester available. He is in RFA who could command about 5.5 mil on the market. The Sabres have not had a true Number 1 d-man since the days of Mike Ramsey.
With the glut of forwards the Sabres have, especially on the wings, I propose this deal:
Jay Bouwmeester for Jason Pominville.
As much as I love Poms, this is the typical "give to get" deal. The Sabres move a very good top 6 forward for the top 2 d-man they crave, without adding additional salary to the roster (see my budget post). Both should make roughly the same amount on the market.
This deal could work out great for both clubs. Buffalo gets a rock solid Number 1 d-pairing (Jay and Andrej Sekera), while still having the forwards to compensate for Poms' loss (Stafford, Paille, Bernier and Mac, with Gerbe and TK to follow), while Florida gets a great piece to build their young team around (and a scorer to replace the likely traded Olli Jokinen), while making room for top d prospect Keaton Ellerby.