With just over a month to go until the NHL trade deadline, names are starting to trickle out as to which players from which teams may be finding new homes in the very near future.
The Buffalo Sabres will probably be an active team by the time the deadline rolls around. They’re almost out of playoff contention already, and could be looking to send off some veteran talent in order to acquire some future assets or draft picks. One player that they could look to deal is Drew Stafford.
It’s been a rough season for Stafford, as it has been for the majority of the Sabres team overall. He has just nine points in 26 games this season, after posting at least 50 in the last two years. The fact that he still has two years to go on his deal, with a cap hit over $4 million, is a decent indicator of why the Sabres may want to dump him.
While Stafford’s poor year may have worn out his welcome in Buffalo, teams should certainly be willing to make a run at acquiring him, should he actually become available.
You’re talking about a guy that is capable of playing in the top six, plays a solid two-way game, and brings some nice size to the equation. He’s a guy that has three campaigns with at least 20 goals. Teams will want him.
Expect a few teams to be interested in Drew Stafford within the next several weeks. Contenders could be looking at him as a nice asset to put in their top six and could offer a nice prospect or draft pick as a return for the Sabres in such a deal.