The Sabres might be shopping Gratton…and the rest of the team

The Buffalo News is reporting that the Coyotes may be interested in Buffalo’s leading scorer Chris Gratton. Also, the Sabres have called up goaltending prospect Ryan Miller from Rochester. Could they be shopping one of their goaltenders?

Spector noted that if the Sabres decide to move Gratton, they will want a proven NHL’er in return. He then went on to note center Ladislav Nagy and winger Landon Wilson of the Coyotes. Both players come cheap and that may be the only reason that this trade rumor may become an actual trade, but Gratton is the Sabres top scorer and these players that were mentioned are not proven by any means. Moving the inconsistent Gratton now may be a good idea since he is finally performing; so the Sabres could get a lot in return, but I like him and the only reason he was inconsistent last year was because the stupid coach had him placed on the fourth line for the first half of the season.

The Sabres have also called up Ryan Miller from Rochester and he is expected to play in Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Is this a move just to wake up struggling goaltenders Noronen and Biron or is this a way for the Sabres to show off all of their goaltenders? The Rangers are looking for a backup since Richter is out with a concussion. Could a trade between the Sabres and Rangers happen? You never know.

Regeir has said that no player is untradeable and yesterday he went on to say that there are moves that he would like to make. Players that have been mentioned as possible trade bait by the media are: JP Dumont, Curtis Brown, Alexi Zhitnik, Miro Satan, and Tim Connelley. Hopefully he can make a move quickly so the Sabres can get back on track. It’s still early in the season and the playoffs aren’t out of the picture yet. Oh, who am I kidding? There is no way we are making the playoffs.

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021117/10023392.asp


22 Responses to The Sabres might be shopping Gratton…and the rest of the team

  1. mikster says:

    Well, they need something….a coaching change would also be good too, and getting Ron Wilson is also a smart choice for a team like the Sabres.

    This team should bring more offense than it is right now, same as the year before. Where is it?

    Gratton had a great start, but it’s not just him…the team hasn’t been as good. Trading him wouldn’t do as much. Maybe the Coyotes might be interested, but trading Gratton won’t turn this team around much.

  2. MossRocks says:

    Gratton is hot and it is a miracle from God. Trade him now while the getting is good. Don’t be fooled, he still sucks. This means he’s got all the tools necessary to be the Oil’s new Dopita. He’s a hefty price though.

    You can’t move Satan, but the rest you mentioned should be up for grabs.

    If Regehr had a firm budget, he could probably make some good moves. The sale is killing the team. They didn’t hold the Sabres to the Adelphia debt did they? (The money that Rigas poured into the team from Adelphia?) If the Sabres are on the hook for that, they are screwed.

  3. SabresFanB says:

    When Bettman came to Buffalo to talk about money issues, he said that no money would be going to Adelphia because the Rigases owned the team, not Adelphia. These are his exact words, “There seems to be some confusion on this point. The Rigases own the Sabres, Adelphia does not. Adelphia may be a creditor, but does not own the Sabres.” So basically he said that no money is going to Rigas because it is going to Adelphia. So I guess that it looks like we have a huge debt with Adelphia. I think that is the reason why prospective owners want the team to declare bankruptcy. That way when they make their bid they will be paying for just the team and not its debts. For some reason, though, the NHL says that it does not plan on having the team declare bankruptcy. I have no idea why they won’t, maybe so they will get more money out of the sale. If the team did declare bankruptcy the new owner could get it dirt cheap and the process would have been (would be) much faster.

  4. SabresFanB says:

    Oh, and you’re right. They are screwed.

  5. saksfan says:

    Regier has said that no player is untradeable? What if they have a no-trade clause (unless they waive it)…

  6. wayne2 says:

    If they are going to trade him its now while he has good value.Maybe they should go for Isbister,he`s cheap and has good potential.Another possibility would be Tanguay.

  7. MantaRay says:

    Gratton is having a great year because he will be a UFA after the season. Anyone who gets him will have to sign him to a long term deal for big bucks.

    He is not worth it, once he signs that contract he is DOA, like when he signed that big deal with Philly a few seasons ago. He is a good player, but his market value is inflated at this point.

    If there is poetic justice Buffalo will just give New Jersey SATAN.

  8. adambuffalo says:

    i whole heartedly agree that the sabres need to make a coaching change to stir things up. my choice for new coach would be ted nolan. ted has proven he is a good coach in buffalo winning the coach of the year the season right before he was fired. the whole community in buffalo loved nolan while he was there and he deserves another chance.

    dealing gratton would probably not be a bad idea, however there are other sabres that really need to be dealt first. zhitnik should be the first one to go and it would be wise for the sabres to get rid of him. they really don’t need to be paying a veteran defensemen who has a career +/- rating of -21 $3.25 million a season.

    next would be the non-producing brown who is getting $1.5 or the non-dependable dumont who is getting $1m.

    i would like to see the sabres get in return someone like landon wilson, alex tanguay, or even kevyn adams from carolina. adams would fit perfect in to buffalos line up, plus he is from buffalo and played all his junior hockey there, which could possibly increase ticket sales.

    what ever they do, they need to do it soon.

  9. Tradedude says:

    your joking right? isbister. you gotta joking. maybe this if anything

    Buffalo gets: Isbister, Asham

    Islanders get: Dumont, Gratton, 3rd or 4th roundpick

    go ahead make fun of the trade. u have every right to. infact. i’ll make fun of it. lol.

    by the way i like the improved site

  10. wayne2 says:

    Gratton is having 1 good year,you cant get much for him,sure Isbister is not having a good one but he is young enough to devellop more,i doubt Gratton will ever get better.I have more faith in Isbister out of New York than in Gratton anywhere.

  11. hatterson says:

    The only problem the Sabres have with trades is that they cannot add salary. Their base payroll needs to remain the same. Also since they do not have many good veterans they are stuck trying to trade their over-payed prospects for another teams under-payed prospects. Most other GM’s don’t like these kind of trades.

    About the only thing I can see the Sabres doing is trading one of their goalies. They have three is their system and think that it will harm their development if they keep all of them.

    Miller still needs a few years of minor league development before attempting to be a starter. The Sabres can leave him in Rochester, with the odd call-up, until he is ready. I would not advise trading him.

    The other two however have a lot of trade value.

    Biron is a young goalie who has a couple years experience. While I do not think that he will turn into as elite goalie he will be a solid starter for many years to come.

    Noronen on the other hand is young and has no experience but he does have the natural talent to make him an elite goalie in the NHL. A team may have to have a bit more patience but he will pay off.

    I think the Sabres should try to trade Noronen or Biron for a two-way forward and a veteren back-up goalie (no I do not mean sign Dafoe, I mean someone like Corey Schwab or Legace) who can step in for a while and help out the younger goalies. Ohter than that the Sabres have no real trade bait.

  12. SabresFanB says:

    I think everyone in Buffalo wants Ted Nolan back, but it is very unlikely with Regeir as the GM. There will be a house cleaning once the Sabres get a new owner so maybe once Regeir is gone they would bring in Ted Nolan.

  13. SabresFanB says:

    Well speaking of your poetic justice…New Jersey contacted Buffalo about Satan last year, and they have already contacted Buffalo about him this year. Who knows, Elias for Satan. That seems pretty even.

  14. mikster says:

    I’d take Satan over Elias any day. Elias has 8 points in 15 games so far.

  15. SabresFanB says:

    Satan has 9 points in 14 games and he hasn’t scored a goal in the past 8 or 9 games. He has the skills to be great, but he is very streaky.

  16. MantaRay says:

    I was pretty much playing on his name: Satan/Devils…get it.

    I could careless if he were streaky if he had Gomez as his center he would be 40+ goal scorer on NJ.

  17. SabresFanB says:

    Ha, yeah I got it…I was just letting you know that the Devils were actively pursuing Satan.

  18. wayne2 says:

    I agree mostly with your comment,i however doubt it would be good to deal Dumont,for 1 mil its a fair salary for him considering his play and age.Zhitnik should be traded,he`s a good defensemen with fairly high value.They could try to deal hom to a team that needs an offensive defensemen,maybe San Jose or Minesota.

  19. MantaRay says:

    Whats your source? I wouldn’t give up too much for him. He would be a prefect addition if it didn’t mean subtracting too much from an already strong team.

  20. SabresFanB says:

    I remember it being posted on spector’s trade rumors and also on TFP.

  21. guinsfan4life says:

    Isbister is soo overrated.

  22. AA says:

    Buffalo was a good team when they had Hasek and Peca. It appears, however, that they have been unable to overcome the loss of those two stars. Ted Nolan benefitted immensely from their presence. I’m not sure he would be able to reproduce the same results with this team. But I think a coaching change will be necessary if this team does not turn things around. I doubt a good coach like Wilson or Robinson will want to come here, especially if Regier decides that they will have to rebuild with youth. Regier may not have a choice if the new owners decide they are not prepared to infuse the team with a lot of money.

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