Found July 06, 2012 on Queen City Sports:
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With the Sabres now out of the chase for Bobby Ryan, they have moved on to a new main team to try and improve their roster.

That main team, as some on twitter may have already guessed, is the Colorado Avalanche. The player involved, Paul Stastny.

Stastny has been a player linked in trade rumors to the Sabres for the past year or so now dating back to the 2011 trade deadline when Colorado offered Stastny for Drew Stafford straight up and Buffalo declined. Today, a new chapter in the talks started.

Once again the two main players on the table are Stastny and Stafford. However, this time Buffalo is far more willing to do a one-for-one deal than before. The Sabres may even throw in a defenseman to clear up space to take on the salary of the 20-goal scorer.

Paul Stastny  STATISTICS GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GWG S S% 2011-2012 79 21 32 53 -8 34 7 0 2 190 11.1

Stastny would be that big-bodied number one center the Sabres have stated time and time again that they are looking to acquire. The question is, will their notorious stubbornness take precedent once again and block a potential blockbuster trade.

Stastny is due to make $6.6-million over the next two seasons, that’s $2.6-million more than Stafford is owed this season. However, when you are shopping for a major necessity, paying more than originally thought is sometimes justified.

Now, the Avalanche aren’t the  only team that Buffalo is currently talking to.

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Queen City Sports has also learned that the Sabres are trying to acquire the rights to restricted free agent Mayson Raymond. After a 53 point season in 2009, Raymond has fallen on hard times.

Injuries have cost him 39 games over the last two seasons, including 27 games last year alone in a season that say him record just 20 points (10g 10a).

The Sabres wouldn’t like to acquire the soon-to-be 27 year old because of his potential. Buffalo feels he could be a top-6 winger that could easily put up 25-30 goals a season.  It would likely take an NHL Top-4 defenseman, and a prospect to get Raymond. It’s a price the Sabres can easily afford.The question is would they?

The ball is in Buffalo’s court to make that move that shows they want to win now and completely change the culture of the team. It’s up to them if they’ll decide to actually pull them off or not.

Mason Raymod STATISTICS GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GWG S S% 2011-2012 55 10 10 20 4 18 1 1 2 125 8.0

 

What are your thoughts, should Buffalo acquire Stastny and/or Raymond? Leave a comment below and let us know!


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