Buffalo Sabres: Trade Deadline the Beginning of a Major Roster Overhaul

February 27th, 2015 by Matt Clouden Leave a reply »
Monday's NHL trade deadline has been overshadowed in the past few days, with many of the talked-about targets moving a few days before the frenzy. 

But no matter how busy the day is for the Buffalo Sabres and general manager Tim Murray, one thing is for certain: The Sabres will look a lot different in October.

As it stands right now, the Sabres have nine unrestricted free agents after the end of the season: Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell, Patrick Kaleta, Matt Ellis, Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit, Tyson Strachan, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback. Matt Hackett could be a 10th if he does not play 30 minutes in at least six more games.  

Now, many believe at least Stewart and Mitchell will move at or before the deadline, but Murray has said he wants to get something for anyone he isn't planning on re-signing. So there could be a few surprises Monday, as well.

But even assuming the status quo through the deadline, meaning no one gets moved, it's not unreasonable to think that the Sabres could drop the puck on the 2015-16 season with none of those guys on the roster. 

It's naive to think the Sabres will stand p ...

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