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A summary of the latest trade buzz kicking around the National Hockey League, currently being fueled by desperate teams like the Oilers, Panthers, Flyers and Sabres — all performing under expectations and looking to reverse their fate.
Oct. 28. The seal has been cracked with the blockbuster trade of Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a pair of high draft picks. The Buffalo rebuild we’ve been waiting for is underway, and Ryan Miller should be the next domino to fall.
Thomas Vanek could have been paid handsomely to stay in Buffalo. A source, in fact, says the Sabres were willing to make him the highest-paid player in the NHL.
Next up on the NHL calendar – #Sabres trading Ryan Miller. But where to? Few takers for goalie making that much coin.
— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) October 28, 2013
The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick.
Hockey people know the fans want Regier gone. Whether the team will ax him is another matter. Prominent folks are eager to see what happens.
And just so you know, there was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo. Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday, the two sides had considered, or were considering, a major swap.
Vanek, a rugged 6-foot-2, 207-pounder who is one of Buffalo’s cornerstones, could bring the Sabres several prospects (Scott Laughton? Nick Cousins? Oliver Lauridsen?) and/or draft picks.
He would feel right at home with the Flyers because he was winger Michael Raffl’s linemate with Austria at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
Minnesota forward and ex-Buffalo teammate Jason Pominville said he’s asked daily about the prospects of Vanek rejoining him.
Vanek understands the interest but didn’t get asked about it much while he was home.
Almost daily, Jason Pominville will get recognized around the Twin Cities. He’s always flattered, although inevitably the Wild winger knows where the conversation will usually end up.
It takes mere minutes for hockey-mad Wild and Gophers fans to ask Pominville if his former Buffalo Sabres teammate, Thomas Vanek, will soon be reuniting with him in Minnesota.
So what does MacTavish do? Frankly the man looked like Kevin Lowe, his current boss, back in 2006 when Lowe, then GM, made do with a revolving door of Jussi Markkanen (3.13 avg), Mike Morrison (2.83) and Ty Conklin (2.80) in net for most of the season before they got lucky and brought in Dwayne Roloson to save the day at the trade deadline.
If the game Tuesday proved anything, it’s that Ryan Miller and Enroth should switch duties until Miller signs a contract extension or is traded. Miller, who backed up Enroth while nursing a tender groin, is the better goaltender. But if the Sabres are working toward their long-term future, they should be playing Enroth and shopping Miller.
Pretty much everybody feels winger Thomas Vanek will be leaving the Buffalo Sabres at season’s end and may take a pay-cut to play in Minnesota, where he went to school. The tie-in is also Vanek’s Buffalo buddy Jason Pominville, who just got a five-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.