Sabres GM Starts His Spring Cleaning

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Sabres’ GM Tim Murray has already begun his trading for this season, well ahead of the March 2 deadline. As he did last season, Murray is shaking up the team and stirring up fans.

Rumors that Tyler Myers (D) was a possible trade to Anaheim swirled the last few weeks. Previous to that were murmurs of a possible move to Detroit. Murray’s stance on trading Myers was strong, stating he would be looking for a significant return on Myers or he wasn’t willing to deal.

On Wednesday, Murray announced that he had found the right deal. Myers was sent to Winnipeg along with Drew Stafford (RW), AHL player Joel Armia, the rights to Sabres’ prospect Brendan Lemieux, and a first round pick for this upcoming draft. In return, the team acquired forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian, and goaltender Jason Kasdorf.

Kane’s recent kerfuffle with his current teammates makes his acquisition a bit dicey, but Murray says he has full confidence in Kane and believes he’ll be a good fit. Kane won’t be any help to the Sabres until next season, as his season ending shoulder surgery was announced just prior to his trade. Bogosian’s record for this season is on par with Myers, so how he fits with the team will be interesting to watch. Kasdorf is currently playing for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and won’t be a factor in the Sabres’ hike to the finish this season.

Also on Wednesday, Murray rattled his goal tending situation, trading Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars for goalie Anders Lindback and a conditional 2016 third round pick. The pick could change to a second round pick if the Stars make the playoffs, and meet additional conditions regarding Enroth’s participation and success in those playoffs.

Enroth is part of the Stars’ push for the playoffs. He’s been a solid netminder this season for Buffalo despite their losing record. Statistically, the comparison between Lindback and Enroth is significant. Enroth leaves the Sabres with a .903 save percentage and 3.27 goals-against. Lindback’s current record shows him with a .875 save percentage and 3.71 goals-against average. This likely opens up a slot for Michael Neuvirth, but won’t close the book on the battle of the #1’s in Buffalo as both he and Lindback will be looking to fill that slot.

Expect more trades to come from Tim Murray, likely right up to the deadline. Players such as Chris Stewart are already drawing attention from other teams. Cody Hodgson would be a good offload for Buffalo given his current play; however, his salary could be a stumbling block.

Tim Murray surprised a lot of us last season with his trade decisions, so it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do next.

Let’s Go Buffalo!

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