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The uncomfortable smile in the image perfectly exemplifies my thoughts on Darcy Regier's actions on deadline day. The Sabres have been playing better as of late trying to mimic last year's magical run toward the playoffs.
In an Eastern Conference where size and physicality are the foremost attributes in display, the Sabres' general manager seems to have accepted the reality that the team he build is sub-par and the team's fate of staying out of the playoffs once again.
So, instead of kidding himself and the organization, Regier traded a couple of NHL-ready prospects in Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani to the Canucks for Cody Hodgson and a borderline roster filler in Alexander Sulzer.
Evaluating this trade alone, one might think that it was a total failure because he did not acquire any picks from Vancouver and acquired another small forward in a roster that is already full of them.
In my opinion, Hodgson is a very able forward and plays as physical as his body allows him.
But, Regier's win of the day was in the Paul Gaustad trade.
Gaustad, a soon-to-be UFA, was sent to the Nashville Predators for a first-round pick in this years draft.
If the season were to end today, the Sabres would have a pick the bottom half of the top 10 and a pick on the upper half of the 20's.
Looking at the players being projected for these positions in the draft, the Sabres have the chance to address their size issue at center if Alex Galchenyuk keeps falling through the charts with their first pick. With the pick from the Predators, they could add a sizeable center in Tomas Hertl of Ryan Miller's successor in Malcolm Subban or Andrey Vasilevski.
Let's wait and see...