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Top Players That May not Be Members of Buffalo Sabres at the End of This Season

August 30th, 2014 at 11:04 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

As the rebuild continues, the Buffalo Sabres are likely to continue to make roster adjustments to acquire assets.

Buffalo has a very deep prospect pool and Tim Murray has shown that he's not afraid to move players for value. The list of players that could be playing for different teams before this season is over is below.

Drew Stafford has worn out his welcome as far as Sabres fans are concerned, and he could be entering his final year with the team. Stafford is entering a contract year, which means he'll probably produce, which could make him valuable to a team looking for secondary scoring for a playoff push.

Chris Stewart is an interesting case because he is valuable to the Sabres. Still, the roster is somewhat crowded with players that have a similar playing style, like Marcus Foligno, Nicolas Deslauriers and Patrick Kaleta, and trade rumors surrounding Stewart began to swirl almost as soon as Buffalo acquired him.

Andrej Meszaros is an older defenseman that was acquired for depth, and to eat up salary. Murray knows Meszaros well from his Ottawa days, which brings a certain level of familiarity to the situation. Still, Murray said when Meszaros signed with Buffalo that his status would be evaluated throughout the course of the season and he could very possibly be moved.

Cody Hodgson is an interesting case because he just signed a hefty contract when Darcy Regier was still terrorizing Buffalo. With Tyler Ennis signing a similar contract, the case has been made that the team will eventually need to decide between the two players, given Buffalo's up and coming depth at the center position. Hodgson lacks the defensive skills that Ted Nolan likes out of his players and that could lead to Hodgson leaving Buffalo for his third NHL team.

The Sabres are on the right track with Murray at the helm and fans are breathing easier these days knowing relief is coming. Still, more work needs to be done, and Murray is not shy about making moves that will positively impact the team.

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