The Buffalo Sabres were expected to be major sellers on deadline day; however, that was not the case. The only pending UFA that GM Tim Murray was able to deal was 27 year old Jamie McGinn for a conditional 3rd round pick.
David Legwand, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Chad Johnson were the other three pending UFA’s whom Murray was unable to trade. Perhaps Murray may consider resigning Johnson to back-up Robin Lehner for one more year, as he is having himself a fine season.
Last Wednesday, Murray traded long-time Sabres Mike Weber to the Washington Capitals for a 3rd round pick.
Despite only making one move on Deadline day, the Sabres will have 21 draft selections over the course of the next two drafts. Buffalo will most likely find themselves selecting in the top five for the third straight season, so they will be getting another elite prospect coming their way.
Another disappointing Sabres season is winding down but there is no doubting that the future is bright for the club. With an abundance of draft selections and lots of available cap space to be aggressive in free agency, Buffalo will find themselves back in the playoffs sooner than later.