The 2013 trade deadline is now less than 24 hours away, and there are a few teams that will absolutely be involved in the festivities on Wednesday, for better or for worse.
A club that fits the latter is definitely the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have long been considered to be sellers before the deadline, but the availability of players on their roster goes deeper than any of us could have anticipated.
The likes of Steve Ott and other role players were certainly available heading into the deadline. But it sounds like there are some bigger names than initially thought. Which means that this is a team heading towards a full-scale rebuild.
Ryan Miller is obviously available, if the Sabres get the package they want for him. There are plenty of other goaltenders on the market, though, that probably won’t cost what Miller would. Which means that it’s going to be a long shot that he’ll be dealt by Wednesday.
Two new names to enter the rumor circuit over the course of the past week or so have been Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, two of the only sources of consistency for this club. Vanek leads the team in points and Pominville is coming off a 73-point campaign, in addition to wearing the ‘C’.
Neither player is signed after next year, though. Vanek carries a cap hit over $7 million, while Pominville is sitting at $5.3 million. It will be interesting to see if teams will be willing to pay big to add that type of dough to their payroll. Nonetheless, their both upper tier players that could have an impact, especially for a team in need of some offense.
The fact that Vanek and Pominville are available just goes to show you that anyone on this roster is available. They’ll be a team with plenty of coverage around them heading into Wednesday’s deadline.