Rumor Roundup: Sabres, Devils and Blues trade buzz

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The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets rocked the hockey world this week with their eight-player blockbuster trade. Having swapped Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford, don’t expect the two clubs to be idle leading up to the March 2 NHL trade deadline.

Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun notes the Jets were seeking a top-nine forward prior to Kane being sidelined by season-ending shoulder surgery. That need hasn’t changed by replacing Kane with Stafford. He also points out the Jets swapping Bogosian for Myers still leaves them with a glut of defensemen. Wyman expects they’ll try to move one of their depth blueliners for a checking-line forward. Read more

Jets/Sabres blockbuster: Who are the prospects in the trade?

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Joel Armia. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Evander Kane!

Tyler Myers!

Zach Bogosian!

Drew Stafford!

Connor McDavid!

Shock and awe! Wednesday’s blockbuster between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres was among the biggest in-season swaps in years. The average fan has a strong sense of what Buffalo received in Kane and Bogosian and what Winnipeg has in Myers and Stafford. But what about the other names involved in the trade? Here’s a scouting report on each.

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If Sabres are tanking, who could blame them?

Jack Eichel (left) and Connor McDavid  (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Most would have to acknowledge, the optics of it don’t look great. After pulling off a blockbuster eight player trade Wednesday morning, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray traded a bona fide No. 1 goaltender (Jhonas Enroth) who had compiled a .939 save percentage in his previous two games for a backup who is statistically one of the worst goaltenders at the NHL level (Anders Lindback) and a conditional third-round pick.

The move led a lot of observers to opine that the Sabres, already four points in arrears of the Edmonton Oilers for 30th place overall, were tanking the season in an attempt to get the best possible shot at the first pick overall and the coveted Connor McDavid. One tweet yesterday said jokingly that Murray had seen his team almost win a game Tuesday night against Ottawa and decided something had to be done. Read more

Buffalo Sabres aren’t done dealing, ship Enroth to Stars

Jared Clinton
Jonas Enroth

Hours after the Buffalo Sabres made the biggest trade of the season to acquire Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets, the Sabres have traded Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars for Anders Lindback and a conditional 2016 third-round pick.

The goaltender-for-goaltender swap brings some insurance to the Stars net, especially with Dallas starting netminder Kari Lehtonen having a subpar season. Lindback had only seen one start for the Stars since Jan. 15, playing in Dallas’ Feb. 7 meeting with Buffalo, where he allowed three goals on 24 shots in a loss to the Sabres. Read more

The five biggest blockbuster trades in the past five years

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Forget unbelievable goals, huge hits and incredible saves. There is nothing that gets the hockey world buzzing like a big trade.

Wednesday morning the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres teamed up for one of the biggest trades in recent memory, a blockbuster deal that sent Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and a prospect to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, two prospects and a draft pick. It was a monster deal that went from a rumor to huge news in the span of hours.

In today’s salary cap world, it’s not the type of trade you see often and that’s why when a mammoth deal goes down it’s nearly enough to shutdown Twitter, if only temporarily. Read more

How Evander Kane and Tyler Myers respond is key to blockbuster deal

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Tyler Myers  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

It took Kevin Cheveldayoff exactly 1,335 days to make his first NHL player-for-NHL player trade as GM of the Winnipeg Jets. Suffice it to say that once he finally got around to it, he swung for the fences.

Given that it had taken him almost four years to make a swap of significance, and given that Evander Kane is out of the picture for the rest of the season, most would have expected the most methodical GM in the league to take his time with this transaction. But just a week after the Kane situation imploded, Cheveldayoff and his counterpart Tim Murray rained players and prospects. Read more

Winnipeg, Buffalo make blockbuster trade including Kane, Bogosian, Myers, Stafford

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Evander Kane (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Early this morning, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Buffalo and Winnipeg were working on a trade that would send Evander Kane to the Sabres. Shortly after McKenzie broke the news, colleague Darren Dreger reported details of the deal.

According to Dreger, the deal sees the Jets ship Evander KaneZach Bogosian and unsigned goaltender Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and a first-round draft pick. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Sabres’ Myers finally on the move?

Tyler Myers

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers frequently pops up in this season’s rumor mill, with the Anaheim Ducks among the clubs reportedly interested in the 6-foot-8, 219-pound blueliner. The Ducks lack depth in right-handed rearguards and there’s a perception the 25-year-old could blossom into a Zdeno Chara clone on a better team.

Recently there’s been a notable increase in speculation linking Myers and the Ducks. It began over a week ago when the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claimed Ducks GM Bob Murray had regular talks with the Sabres. On Friday, TVASports’ Renaud Lavoie claimed those talks were intensifying, telling WGR 550 the Sabres wanted a defenseman (like Cam Fowler) as part of the return for Myers. Read more