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05-21-2012, 02:31 PM
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You never know, it could be Sekera. If we are looking to use our defensive depth to help get a center/improve the offense. I can't imagine Weber is going much of an inticement to get what we want. I'm not so sure Leopold will even be in play. He has has flaws to be sure. But 3mil for a dman that can fill in on your top pairs and play big minutes is not a bad guy to keep around. Of course the flip side is thats why he may be the piece needed to complete a deal.
Sekera certainly has more value than either of those two, but unless you have the utmost confidence in Myers to develop back into your best shutdown defenseman or you're trading for Jordan Staal or another significant upgrade at center, there isn't a reason to move Sekera.
Between picks, prospects and current forwards, Buffalo has the pieces to upgrade the forwards without costing themselves the one actual bargain on the blueline.
Leopold is at best the fourth best defensive defensemen on the roster, and should never really get prime offensive opportunities because of Myers and Ehrhoff. He's a good injury fill-in if one of those guys goes down because he pinches in accordance to Ruff's game plan, but he can't get that out of his system when he needs to focus on his own zone. As a result, he makes a healthy blueline worse than a similarly costed defensive defenseman.
If the Sabres move Rej in a blockbuster, whatever, but if Darcy is putting Sekera and Leopold in the same tier, he should be canned on the spot.
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