Feb. 9, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>KingofRnR</b></div><div>I don't see the BUF needing or wanting Hanifin or Lindholm, why do you assume they would only be rentals!? Only RFA's get moved on Sign & Trades, but extensions can be pre-negotiated and signed pn arrival... All it takes is Management giving the Players Agent permission to discuss what an extension would look like and why would a Team selling decline that, especially if it fetches them a nicer return!?</div></div>
Part of both players appeal is their bargain contracts, unfortunately both are due hefty raises. The players may very well be agreeable to sign an extension with their new team, but I would think that if their agent is doing his job, that extension would be full ufa market value. It's like getting taxed twice, first you pay a top 10 pick for a rental, then you double down by signing one or both to a crazy ufa contract. Hanifin makes less sense for buffalo, that would make their 5 best defensemen left handed, and none of them are overly physical. Lindholm represents a much bigger need, we have some decent offensive centers, but a real two way center isn't on the roster. I hoped Krebs would be that guy, but hes looking more like a 4c than anything right now, which means internally ostlund and Wahlberg are our best shots at that solid two way center, and they are probably years away.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BUFF36</b></div><div>Interesting offer, but don't think Pinto moves the needle enough for me to use JJ here. He's 2yrs younger than Pinto and he's probably at there same point of development better already. Sabres have plenty of other Pieces that probably value wise work better.</div></div>
Pretty much exactly where I land on this.
I think if this trade got announced today, sabres fans would be shrieking "but we've got Thompson, cozens, and mittelstadt, with ostlund, savoie, kulich, and Wahlberg as higher end centers in waiting". I would be fine with trading mittelstadt to open a spot, but again, the return would have to make sense for the build. I'm guessing that there's going to be lots of lowball offers for some of our better prospects, just because "well you can't play ALL of them". Adams would have to actually admit that the build is wrong, and I don't think we are there yet.
I'm sure the idea is to get a good young German player to play with stutzle, but the cost would be a lot more than 2 second round picks, I've seen redrafts where peterka is going in the teens, it would hurt a lot more than that. The Sabres are not a perfectly constructed team, I don't want to assume anything with the way this team has been run, but there is a chance that some of our talented young forwards could be made available for- a two way center, any actual hockey players that play physical, a top 4 right shot d, or an above average veteran goalie. It's just hard to say, I assume the coach swings first, then the gm, and finally you move out players to remake (not rebuild) the roster.