Buffalo Sabres Linked to Huge Goaltender Trade
The Buffalo Sabres will play their first game at KeyBank Center in almost two weeks, tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are the best team in the Eastern Conference, not named the Boston Bruins. It will be a tough test for a Sabres team who is just one point behind the final wild card spot and four points back of the first wild card spot, with four games in hand on the team who holds that position (the Washington Capitals).
This is also the final game before the 10-day All-Star break.
Many fans are thinking this Sabres team will make the playoffs for the first time in 12 years and that's because of the offense the team displays on a nightly basis.
Tage Thompson is on pace for nearly 60 goals, Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch are on pace for nearly 100 points and Dylan Cozens should score more than 70 points this season.
Owen Power is having a great rookie campaign and Ilya Lyubushkin has been a nice free agent signing.
However, the big question mark remains: goaltending.
The Sabres have been going with a three-headed monster of Craig Anderson, Eric Comrie and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. It seems like UPL has taken the de-facto role of the number one goalie job, while Comrie has resumed the role of backup and Anderson gets a game every now and then but is allowed to have nights off.
It feels like the Sabres will sign prospect Devon Levi as soon as his college season is over at Northeastern but will they trade for the biggest piece in the goalie trade market?
The Vancouver Canucks are in selling mode and traded away team captain Bo Horvat earlier this week to the New York Islanders.
Goaltender Thatcher Demko has been in trade rumors for several weeks and according to Elliott Friedman of SportsNet, the Sabres make sense for Demko.
Demko has a breakout season in net for Vancouver last season but has dealt with injuries this season, which has caused him to only play 15 games this season.
He's signed for another three years after this season at $5 million per season. If the Sabres made this move, Levi would be 24 years old by the time Demko is a free agent.
The Sabres for sure have the assets to make this trade but is it worth it to give up those assets? If you have a goalie of the future waiting in the wings?