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Buffalo’s Gaustad on trade talks: “Winning here is one of my main goals”

Feb 21, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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With the Sabres’ playoff hopes decreasing by the day, the focus in Buffalo has shifted to Monday’s trade deadline — specifically, which players could be dealt as the team tries to salvage something from this season.

One of the players being mentioned? Alternate captain Paul Gaustad…not that he sounds overly keen on being dealt. He’s spent his entire NHL career in Buffalo and made it clear he has unfinished business in the city.

“I’ve always wanted to be a Sabre and win in Buffalo,” Gaustad told the Buffalo News. “I’ve come to grow up here and my adult life has been in Western New York. Winning here is one of my main goals in hockey.”

That said, Gaustad knows he’s a tantalizing asset at this time of the year — impending UFA, good in the faceoff circle (ninth in the NHL) and at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, a dynamic physical presence, especially in front of goal.

Gaustad’s also turned it up lately, scoring 3G-7A-10PTS over his last 10 games. It all adds up to a guy that could be shopped throughout the league leading up to Feb. 27 — but also a guy that’s found his groove and would like to remain a Sabre.

“A lot of personal success comes from team success and we’ve played well as a team,” Gaustad said. “When the team plays well, the personal stuff follows.”

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Trade him quick along with his green team!

  2. rabidbillsfan - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I’m embarrassed that my commenting counterpart uses “buffalo” in his handle. Anyways, Gaustad needs to stay. He is the very best in the face-off circle, and not just on the team. Outside of Pominville, I think Gaustad is the best team leader. This is what I don’t understand. Everybody says ” Trade him, Trade him, Trade him.” and I say, “for whom?” Everybody is on the “Trade Miller” Bandwagon, yet nobody seems to realize Miller is our only profitable player. We would not get somebody in return that would equal Millers star power. To get something worth while for Roy, he would have to be a package deal. Picks and prospects to out weigh his poor play and cap-hit. Who goes along for the ride? McNabb? No. Kassian? No. Adam? again, no. I say ride this season out, it’s not unrealistic the team doesn’t make the playoffs. Take what you can get for Roy, and see what happens. Or maybe I am just used to mediocrity, right? How about I have a stable head on my shoulders and can comprehend the economics of the game. This isn’t Columbus, Outside of Reiger, this team has potential. Reiger is good as gone anyways, I’ll take what happens this year and look forward to next.

  3. buffalomafia - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Damn dude(rabidbillsfan) I thought I was a frustrated fan! Lets have a beer sometime?

  4. riles1008 - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Gaustad blows. He’s overpaid for a below average third liner. He is 6’5″ and 225 but doesn’t even come close to playing physical like a guy his size should. He used to be a tough guy, key word is used. Trade him and get something and don’t resign him

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