By Brandon J. Koch
Is general manager Jason Botterill looking to move a defenseman?
Two hockey insiders give us some information.
In Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts, he brings up the abundance of defenseman that Buffalo will have once everyone is healthy.
“Buffalo is another team looking to move a defender, and I thought Arizona might make sense for one of these blueline-heavy clubs when Niklas Hjalmarsson went down. He’s a huge part of what they do. Since he’s going to be back and they are tighter to the cap, a big move is unlikely. The Coyotes believe in 22-year-old Kyle Capobianco, whose 2018-19 season was shortened by a knee injury. He played 13:18 in Tuesday’s victory in Winnipeg.”
Pierre LeBrun of the Athletic brought Marco Scandella’s name up in a trade deadline piece.
While the Sabres aren’t rushing to make a trade, Scandella is a name to keep in mind.
“If Rasmus Ristolainen ends up staying, and it sounds like he’s happy right now, then something has to eventually give on a Sabres blue line that’s going to be bubbling with bodies once everyone is healthy. Not that there’s any hurry to decide anything. Especially not with a trip overseas coming next month. But at some point this season I suspect the Sabres could deal a blueliner given those numbers. Scandella is a pending UFA on July 1 and currently carries a cap hit of $4 million. It’s not out of the question depending on league-wide interest that he’s the odd man out later in the season. He’s a quality veteran teams normally look to add closer to the deadline.”
With Brandon Montour expected to be back in a few weeks, we could see John Gilmour be sent down.
The defenseman carousel is just getting started.