Only days away from the NHL trade deadline, the first domino has fallen at First Niagara Center.
Just hours before the Buffalo Sabres would drop the puck against Washington, the team announced they had traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for their 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, as well as a conditional 5th round pick in 2013.
The conditional pick is contingent on the Blues’ postseason success, as it is upgraded to a 4th round pick should St. Louis advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Leopold is in the last year of his three-year contract he signed with the Sabres as an unrestricted free agent in 2010. He registered 67 points in 174 games with Buffalo, and his 25 goals in Buffalo rank 18th among defensemen in franchise history.
“The first couple deals set the market,” [Blues GM Doug] Armstrong said on a conference call Saturday afternoon. “Pittsburgh set the market for defensemen when Murray went for a second [round pick] and I think a third that goes to a second based on a certain number of things…
“[Sabres GM] Darcy [Regier] might have been able to hold and see if the market goes up, but with that you’re always in the risk of an injury and getting nothing for the player. Everybody has to weigh the proper time for their team, and I know it was the proper time for us.”
The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the fifth edition of “The Instigator Podcast” featuring Chris Ostrander of Two In the Box and myself is out.
This week it’s all about the deadline, we talk Rick Nash & Columbus, what the Sabres might do, what they can do, some twitter comments and a special bonus edition of Plus/Minus.
I figured it’d be a good idea to wait to see how the deadline shakes out to talk about the Sabres making a move for Brad Boyes. With no other moves being completed by Buffalo, it looks like the folks in Pegulaville truly have put a premium on a playoff push this season.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I was on record with the argument to sell at the deadline, not just because of the market, but because it didn’t seem like this was the team to buy for. That philosophy was predicated on the idea that Darcy Regier wouldn’t be able to make as smooth of a move as this.
While Boyes has struggled this season compared to his totals of years past, giving up a 2nd round pick for a player of this talent who doesn’t qualify as a rental is a pretty solid move. Personally, I hate moving high draft picks, especially in a salary cap era where you need to fill out your roster with young, cheap talent. But seeing as this draft isn’t very strong, this is the year to make this kind of move. Read the rest of this entry
SABRES BLOGGERS… ASSEMBLE!
With the trade deadline today, all Sabres bloggers are converging together for “Mega Live Blog” to be broadcasted across a bunch of the best Sabres blogs out there… like this one. Check it out at 10am… we’ll be rockin’ until the deadline.
Some of the participating blogs: The Goose’s Roost, Bfloblog, Willful Caboose, Top Shelf Cookies, Bangin Panger, Hockey Rhetoric, Black and Blue Hockey, Two Minutes for Roughing, Queen City Hockey, Roll the Highlight Film, The Fanatical Fan, Muckers and Grinders, Shots off the Crossbar, Hockey Night in Buffalo… and more.
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