Sabres could become Trade Deadline buyers this week
To put things in a quick perspective, the Sabres were in last in the Eastern Conference. A short time later, and with the help of a three-game winning streak, the team finds themselves two points out of playoff contention and back in the fold.
This turn of events makes for an odd predicament for Sabres front office executives.
The NHL’s trade deadline is at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 3. If in the next two weeks the Sabres find themselves in the 7-9 range in the conference, there could be reason to be buyers as oppose to dismantling pieces and trying again next season.
The strangest part of this is that in the next two weeks, the Sabres see the following schedule:
If the Sabres can manage to pull off an upset over Boston at home and make these next five games a 4-1 stretch, the team is looking at being in a playoff position for sure, and with that confidence going into the last month of the season, the team would clearly be looking to bolster their roster for a playoff run.
Additionally, if one were to look at the chances of a lower seed making the Stanley Cup finals, all they would need to do is find last year’s champions, the eight place LA Kings who took the west by storm.
As we’ve seen over the last few days, anything can happen. The Sabres beat division leader Montreal twice in a week and beat the Maple Leafs as well. Both goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth are playing solid hockey and have confidence going into their next games.
In the end, it will be up to the front office to decide what the fate of the team’s future is as a unit. But if the Sabres find a way to be in the playoff conversation, one would hope the executives would embrace the idea and help make it happen.
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