Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sabres get trading

The Sabres made two trades today, in the first one giving away Bernier for two draft picks, and in the second landing Craig Rivet from San Jose for two draft picks.

The first trade with Bernier makes perfect sense. While his first game in town went very well, he fell off the radar a bit after than. I think he would have made the top fifteen forwards, but only just barely with Kaleta, MacArthur, and Gerbe all close to pushing him out. If this trade puts Gerbe in the starting lineup, I'll be happy.

The second trade helped fill out our need at Defense by bringing in Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks. Rivet still has three more season under his contract, at $3.5 million a year, which seems very reasonable. I think it is safe to assume, that he will be put on the second line with Spacek. While I feel this gives us three solid defensive lines, with Nathan Paetesch as a very capable seven defenseman. Still the Sabres are still in talks with Numminen, and that's not a bad thing at all.

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