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04-01-2009, 05:00 AM
Left Of The Dial
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Buffalo: Derek Roy (Cap Hit: 4.0M) + 2nd rounder 2010
Philadelphia: Daniel Briere (Cap Hit: 6.5M)
Why Buffalo does it: The Sabres desperately need a leader in the top-six, and Briere has proven he can be that in Buffalo. They could also use a clear first line center, which Roy hasn't been able to consistently be.
Why Philadelphia does it: They have a number of large contracts, which could make it difficult to manage things if the cap contracts. They are also already strong at center with Carter and Richards. Roy has shown the ability to adapt well to the wing.
Buffalo would need to make a separate trade to shed salary. Tallinder and Lydman have already been mentioned as trade possibilities by some.
Why would Buffalo trade a guy who is at worst a second line center, with a pretty good contract, for a slightly more gifted offensive talent who has trouble staying healthy with a pretty terrible contract? Roy is a 70-80 point player who can play in all situations, while Briere is basically a defensively challenged, more injury-prone powerplay specialist. How is Briere even a top line center anymore?
This is way too risky for Buffalo to think about. They already are counting on Connolly to center the first or second line, and adding Briere means they would have their top 2 centers be pretty big injury risks. Roy might not get any better than he is right now, but he's a bargain for a durable 70 point center who can kill penalties and seems to be a decent leader.
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