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Each and every day, hockey fans are talking about what roster moves their favorite team should make. Who they should trade, cut, sign, etc.. It all often becomes just noise in the ever-growing fantasy world of arm-chair general managers.
Often times, however, the discussions worth having are rarely brought up.
One discussion that Buffalo Sabres fans might start having soon pertains to the 2014 NHL offseason, and just what is in store for the team. Some people may not realize this, but some high-profile players are set to come off the books at the end of the 2013-2014 season. More specifically, off Buffalo’s books.
Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, and team captain Jason Pominville all have contracts that are set to expire at the end of next season. Those three players have been part of the Sabres “core” group — a unit that has been slowly dismantled — since the end of the previous lockout in 2005.
A couple of years ago, it seemed that talking about whether or not these players would be around was a moot discussion. But now, that may not be the case.
As we saw with the team’s trading of Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy, general manager Darcy Regier doesn’t seem to be against trading away players that he once viewed as key members of the organization. Each player’s situation was different, sure, but Regier could have done what a lot of people always seem to expect out of him: re-sign them because of familiarity.
In the case of Miller, Vanek, and Pominville, each situation will obviously be different. One player is the face of your franchise and the team leader in career wins as a goaltender (Miller), one is your enigmatic and dynamic scorer (Vanek), and the other is your leader and captain (Pominville). Each player means something different to the Sabres, but at the same time, they all mean the same.
They are all key members of a Sabres team that hasn’t won a playoff series since 2007, and at the time of the expiration of the contracts, that will have been a seven-year gap. Unless, of course, the team wins a playoff series this season. Some might associate with them as being from an era of Sabres hockey that had so much potential and came so close to realizing their dream only to falter when it mattered most. Others might think we’ve witnessed one of the greatest runs of stability in organization ever. Although, it’ll be tough to find people with that perspective.
The team hasn’t even began to tip their hat either way as to the plans for these three players, but with the time to make a decision approaching in just over a year-and-a-half, maybe discussion should now be had. And if thought about, it’s not all that early to be having it. Each player has one year left on their deal, and in a full season this is about the time people start to hear rumors of players in such situations being possible trade bait. However, with a lockout-shortened year, these conversations won’t happen as early as usual.
Does the team value one more than the other two? Will they go into a completely different direction and get rid of all three? Or will the trio all be signed to another set of long-term deals? It doesn’t even seem unlikely that the team will send out feelers around the league to see what they could possibly get for one, or even all three, of their veterans.
It goes without saying that production from these players is the biggest factor when it comes to the upcoming contract decisions. If all three play at the top of their game, then there is no question that the Sabres will look to re-sign them. If the production isn’t there and the team is not making, and winning in, the postseason, then an era might end in Buffalo.
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