In perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk's biggest move since becoming general manager, the Dallas Stars have acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for super-pest Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.
Roy, 29, is most known for his scoring ability and quickness. He has fallen off the path in the past few seasons by posting career lows in goals and points, but he possesses the tools necessary to post 60-70 points; this is evidenced by his numbers from 2006-10.
Roy has one more year left on his deal at $4 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.
After signing Aaron Rome to a deal yesterday, Pardy became an expendable asset. Ott's name...
With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.
Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.
On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.
Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...
After coupling the 21st and 42nd picks in a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up to 14, the Sabres selected Zemgus Gigensons in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks has some details on Girgensons.
NAME: Zemgus Girgensons HOMETOWN: Riga, Latvia POSITION: Center SHOOTS: Left AGE: 18 SIZE: 6'2" WEIGHT: 198 lbs. JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Dubuque Fighting Saints / USHL
Girgensons makes an impact on the ice. Very strong skater, fiercely competitive, hard to knock off the puck, with a good shot and a drive for the net.
With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Mikhail Grigorenko. Here's some background on the Russian centerman from Cheryl Adams of TCL Blackhawks.
HOMETOWN: Khabarovsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 200 lbs.
JUNIOR TEAM 2011-12: Quebec Remparts / QMJHL
Considered one of the top Russian prospects in this year's Draft, Grigorenko has the size and skills to make an impact on the ice. Good skater, passer, and playmaker who has good ice vision and makes plays happen.
Well what's left is there to say Sabres fans, at the end of another disappointing year? Truthfully, I would like to say THANK YOU for at least giving us a sweat at the end of the year. As Buffalo fans we are conditioned to think that our team will get close, but never make it over the hump, so what are we so upset about? Let's think realistically here, if someone asked you in January whether or not you thought the Sabres would ever move into a playoff spot again before the regular season ended, not too many people would say yes. In fact, I would have laid big odds that they wouldnt even be able to string three wins together, but I would have been wrong on both accounts...
Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.
To say that Tuesday's 5-1 shellacking the Buffalo Sabres gave the Washington Capitals was embarrassing would be an understatement.
To say that it happened with the eight seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on the line and at home? Unacceptable.
The Sabres' sixth-straight win was more than convincing. They looked like a team ready for the playoffs. They looked like a team hungry to get into the playoffs. They looked like a team that wants to get into the playoffs.
Washington, on the other hand, squandered a chance to put themselves two points ahead of Buffalo with a so-called must-win home game. A win would...
Today's Trade Deadline couldn't have been more boring as only 15 deals were struck with the biggest one coming from the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres which saw Cody Hodgson and Zach Kassian swapped jerseys. The Trade Deadline day I will say is over-hyped but it has been proven to be one of the most important days in the NHL season, as smart teams have added the right pieces and have went on to win Stanley Cups.
I get excited every year for the Trade Deadline and I don't think that will change anytime soon. Now that is over, here are today's winners and losers.