I'm not quite sure the Sabres will make the playoffs...but I don't see a reason why we should get rid of a top 4 defenseman in Rachunek. Pothier/Hnidy are often terrible and I don't have much confidence in Lescyshyn.
Martin HATES Hartley (I almost wonder if he doesn't put money up in the dressing room when Ottawa plays Hartley), and I suspect that this is part of the reason.
The Thrashers are a dirty, dirty team. Savard, while a good player...is one of the dirtiest players around. Hell, he'll even bite if he has to. The clutching, the grabbing, the diving, etc by the Thrashers is likely the only way they were at one point in a playoff position.
Judge Judy was quietly traded to the Sens for future considerations. Word has somehow leaked to a certain reporter with the Ottawa Sun that the future considerations are a Sens player who's currently on IR. There was also a reported Radek Bonk sighting yesterday at the Winter Festival at Hoyt Lake...stay tuned
I can't see Ottawa being interested in Biron, he is too young. All you'd be doing is setting yourself up for an ugly goalie situation when Emery is ready. Ottawa would only make a deal for a goalie if he was unquestionably better than Lalime. Overal the deal favors Ottawa in value, but it still does not make much sense.