After Tuesday night’s loss to the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres have played 10 games and only have three points. They won a game in regulation and have an overtime loss, as well. The three points isn’t the worst in the NHL, but it’s second from the bottom. Only the Philadelphia Flyers are lower than the Sabres with two points.
Obviously, the season is young and there is a lot of hockey to be played. However, the question must be asked: How long before the Sabres start moving some key players to rebuild? It’s never easy to talk about rebuilding for the future, but it’s usually something every team must go through.
Players such as Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and even goalie Ryan Miller could demand a hefty price depending on the team in need. Miller has consistently been one of the best goalies in the NHL and he has proven time and time again that he can make the big saves in crunch time when the games on the line. If a border-line playoff team feels they are just a goalie away, Miller could be a targeted player.
From his days with the Dallas Stars, Ott has been a feisty player. He will go toe to toe with the big guys on the opposing team and he has no problem throwing down the gloves with the best of them. Ott can also score when needed and can be a leader on and off the ice. This is another veteran player that could bring some depth to a possible contender.
Vanek is a fan favorite and is one of those you would hate to see leave Buffalo. The 29-year-old winger could be a tremendous offensive weapon for some team. Vanek has shown in the past that he can average about a point a game or just under for an entire season. Although fans would hate to see him go now, they might enjoy what he would probably command for the Sabres in return.
I know the season is young and there’s a lot of hockey, but these are a few names that could be dealt if the Sabres don’t get things turned around soon.