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Big move(s): In all, the Sabres' fire sale included trading Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick, Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker, two second-round picks and a third-round pick in return for Michal Neuvirth, Chris Stewart, Rostislav Klesla, Nicolas Deslauriers, Hudson Fasching, a first-round pick, two second-round picks, a conditional third-round pick and a partridge in a pear tree.
Analysis: The pear tree should bear fruit (ha) along with the picks and players the Sabres acquired. They were in a tough position, a team holding a slew of UFAs in what has proven to be a buyer's market. One look at what Vanek fetched has to make the Sabres feel good about the haul they got from the Blues for Miller and Ott.
Neuvirth has shown the ability to be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL and with a $2.5 million cap hit through next season is worth the gamble. Stewart is signed through next season on a $4.15 million cap hit and brings size and toughness. Klesla is a veteran defenseman with an expiring contract who is likely only thrown in to alleviate some cap issues for the Capitals.
The Sabres picked up some nice pieces that should help their ongoing rebuild.