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Mar 3, 2014

Sabres Rumor: Halak will be back on the move

By on 8:44 AM

The acquisition of Jaroslav Halak in the Ryan Miller deal, was intended solely to be a quick flip. He will be moved by the club before the deadline, and the fact that he will backup Jhonas Enroth is evidence.

The Sabres are fully confident that Enroth will be their number one target moving forward, and Halak was acquired as a tool to acquire more draft picks. General manager Tim Murray has already been in contact with Chuck Fletcher, his counterpart in Minnesota, about the Wild's interest in Halak, which is a given, since they were attempting to acquire Halak before the Sabres got control of his contract.

The Wild would have to give up Darcy Kuemper in any deal with Buffalo for Jaroslav Halak, as well as a draft pick, most likely a second rounder. The Wild are in serious need of a number one goalie, since Josh Harding may not return this season, or ever for that matter, due to Multiple Sclerosis, and Niklas Backstrom getting up in age, and inability to stay healthy. The Wild will be acquiring a goaltender at the deadline, it is simply a matter of who.

Chris Stewart, the other player acquired by the Sabres in the St.Louis deal, is also not destined to remain with the Sabres. Stewart is coveted by both the Rangers, and the Senators. The Senators are managed by Brian Murray, who is Tim's uncle, so a deal to Ottawa would seem to be more likely. Buffalo would like a prospect and a pick in return for Stewart.

The Sabres are trying to acquire as many draft picks as possible over the next two to three drafts, as they are now in full blown rebuild mode. The abundance of picks will give them flexibility, at the draft to acquire kids for development as well as trade bait, to add some veteran presence.


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