By Brandon J. Koch
Sportsnet Elliotte Freidman said last night on Hockey night in Canada that the Sabres are open for business.
“There’s a sense from other teams that the Sabres are sending signals that they are open for business, and you can ask about anybody whose name is not Jack Eichel, now, I do think if you’re going to ask about a [Rasmus] Ristolainen or a Marco Scandella or a Sam Reinhart, you better be coming with a serious offer because I don’t think Buffalo is going to trade those guys unless the offer is great. But I think they are prepared to listen to everyone except the franchise player.”
On Evander Kane and what the Sabres could get back for him: “A lot of people are talking about Evander Kane, I asked a couple of teams what the price would be, and here’s what a couple of them said: If you go back and look at a couple of deadline deals from the past couple of years, Andrew Ladd and Martin Hanzal, look at what their two teams got: Winnipeg got Marko Dano, a first-round pick, and a conditional pick for Ladd from Chicago, and Arizona got a first, a second and a fourth from Minnesota for Hanzal and Ryan White.”
This is the most interesting quote for me. What the Sabres can get in return for him. Of course I expected every player to be available besides Jack.
“The sense is that Buffalo feels that Kane is a better player than both those players, so they’re going to be aiming higher,” said Friedman. “I don’t think they’re going to be getting a franchise defenceman for him, but I think that’s the idea of what they want to be, and Kane is having a great year.”
Instead of a year with a good team and a playoff push, we see another season where the trade deadline is going to be the highlight of Buffalo’s season.