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Sabres need a center, Regier says trade most likely

Jul 3, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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In the aftermath of yesterday’s Derek Roy-for-Steve Ott/Adam Pardy trade, one thing was clear  — the Sabres need to add depth down the middle.

Roy was a top-two center in Buffalo and, perhaps most importantly, a veteran presence in the lineup. Tim Connolly and Paul Gaustad also left the Sabres over the last year, leaving the team pretty inexperienced at the position.

Currently, Buffalo’s depth chart at center features a pair of 22-year-olds (Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis) with 2012 first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko (18) potentially in the mix.

Ott can play in the middle — he’s a good faceoff guy — but said “90 percent” of his career has been spent at left wing.

So, what does GM Darcy Regier plan to do?

Here’s John Vogl of the Buffalo News:

The Sabres failed in their attempt to convert Ville Leino from wing to center last season, so finding a natural pivot is paramount. Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson head the Sabres’ depth chart in the middle, but they are both only 22 years old and have not faced the pressure of being a No. 1 center.

“We certainly weren’t looking and aren’t going to move Tyler or Cody,” Regier said, “and will have to address, see if we can get a little bigger in the middle to complement those guys. . . . It’s more likely a trade than it is anything else.”

After looking at what’s left on the UFA market, it’s not surprising Regier will entertain some trades. It’s possible the best five remaining centers are Jason Arnott, Daymond Langkow, Kyle Wellwood, Dominic Moore and Jeff Halpern — none of which really fit what Buffalo is looking for.

Related: Sabres GM Regier looking for the “right centerman”

  1. dhawks19 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    If they need a center why would they trade Roy

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Because he’s a soft player who doesn’t have the respect of his teammates
      Because had 1 year left on his contract and was never coming back
      Because he’s not the same player before the injury and just horrid without the puck

  2. davebabychreturns - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    So Buffalo is just going to go out and trade for a big first line center. Ask Calgary, Toronto and about ten other teams how well that’s worked out for them.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Tyler myers and Gregenko 2 1st rounders for ummmm Briere

    • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      haha! well played, sir

  4. broadstbully33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    An amazing trade for buffal

  5. broadstbully33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    no wait too much…. Nick Cousins…no too much….Zac Rinaldo

  6. Philip - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    If the Sabres wanted to go 3rd line veteran leadership, Arnott would fit in perfectly. For top six centermen, there’s only the trade market to turn to.

    Also, let’s not forget Tyler Ennis isn’t even under contract right now – he’s RFA.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      So what if he’s a RFA? He’s playing in Buffalo next year

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      So what if he’s a RFA? He’s playing in Buffalo next year

      • Philip - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Not if he isn’t under contract, which is his current status. For all intents and purposes, yes he’ll likely be a Sabre. But right now, he’s a (restricted) free agent.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        Utter foolishness
        Thanks for that

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Awwww, no C’s for Booffalo? No center for to wearing de Booffaslug? Eez too bad.

  8. buddysguys - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    they should attack all teams with Offer sheets….

  9. cal1444 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Paul Stastny for Tyler Myers?

  10. buffalomafia - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Big deal Buffalo can fight now!

    But still can’t score goals!

    Another mediocre center will come to Buffalo you watch!

  11. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    It’s funny: over the past year it seems like everyone who isn’t a Sabres fan HAAATES the Sabres. What do we have that everyone is so jealous of?

    • obamablowz - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Not the GM, Not the coach, None of the players……I agree I don’t get it.

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