Will the Buffalo Sabres shop for a goaltender? Could the New York Rangers part ways with Dan Boyle?
Could Lehner injury send the Sabres shopping for help?
THE HOCKEY NEWS: In the wake of Robin Lehner’s ankle injury (he’s now sidelined six-to-ten weeks), Ken Campbell noted the Buffalo Sabres lack experienced goaltending depth, suggesting Lehner’s injury could push them into the trade market. The Calgary Flames are an obvious target, as they’re carrying three goalies in Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio. Campbell suggests the Sabres have the cap space to pick up Hiller’s $4.5 million salary. Another option could be the Anaheim Ducks. They aren’t parting with promising John Gibson, which leaves Anton Khudobin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames certainly seem the obvious choice. They’ve reportedly tried to move Hiller since last season’s trade deadline. If the Sabres are interested, a third-round draft pick might do it. The Sabres have three of those in next year’s draft. As for the Ducks, I don’t see them moving Khudobin until they’re absolutely certain Gibson is finally ready for the big time.
Time for Rangers to cut ties with Boyle?
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks finds defenseman Dan Boyle’s defensive game to be lacking three games into the season, believing the club should find a way to remove him from the lineup. Boyle is 39 and carries a full no-movement clause. Unless he’s willing to go and unless there’s a team willing to take him, the Rangers will be stuck with his $4.5 million salary for the entire season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rangers GM Jeff Gorton will have his work cut out for him find a club willing to take on Boyle at this late stage of his career, let alone convincing the blueliner to accept the deal. If Gorton were to pick up half of Boyle’s remaining cap hit and move him to a Cup contender, perhaps that deal goes through. Good luck with that. If any of you can think of any realistic (emphasis on “realistic”) trade scenarios for Boyle, feel free to post ’em up in the comments section.