The NHL is a league about results, and there is no one that can honestly say that they would rather lose more games than they win. If they do, well, then they shouldn’t be in the business.
Teams in a rebuild will always look for a way to improve their on-ice product as fast as they can in order to get better production sooner. And if a team had, say, two first round picks in the NHL draft that takes place in a little over two weeks , two top-tier players available for trade, and a lot of young trade-able talent one has to wonder just what that team would do to try and get better quicker.
Well what do you know, that’s exactly the situation the Buffalo Sabres find themselves in.
General Manager Darcy Regier has made no efforts to disguise the fact that the team is entering a full rebuild. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite as he’s fans about “suffering” during the rebuild. But it’s also been clear that the team will look at every move available to them in order to get the team back to winning. That includes trading up at the NHL Draft on June 30. All the way up.
In an interview with WGR550-Buffalo this week, Buffalo’s Director of Amateur Scouting Kevin Devine said that the team has had talks with every team ahead of them in the draft about moving up, including the Colorado Avalanche who own the first overall selection.
“We have had conversations with Colorado,” Devine told WGR. “I think it’s how far they want to move back. And you take the situation in Colorado and where there’s a new regime in there with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. I don’t think Patrick came in there with the idea of a long rebuild. So I think they might be willing to listen to a few things.”
Devine also told Jeremy White and Howard Simon that they are currently waiting for the Avalanche to get back to them before discussions go any further.