The trade deadline is only a week away, and we're still talking about whether or not Brian Campbell will be sticking around. He's the one making headlines around here, but there's plenty more good players out there in similar situations. As always, the final week before the deadline will be interesting.
If you think the Sabres are in a tough position, check out Atlanta. GM Don Waddell traded away Dany Heatley to get Marian Hossa and is about to be taken to the cleaners unless he signs the winger before next Tuesday. And there's almost no chance they'll get that completed in time.
OK, so move him.
Fans often have grandiose ideas about what teams can acquire in trades for certain players, but usually they're way out of bounds. The Sabres and Thrashers have lost a good chunk of their leverage, with their two stars and with other teams, because they weren't aggressive enough early in the season. They'll pay a price.
Tampa Bay is terrible and needs to dump D-man Dan Boyle. If the Blue Jackets can get a bag of pucks for Sergei Fedorov, it's one fewer bag of pucks they'll need to buy next season. They can take it or leave it. They might as well take it because Fedorov has become useless to that organization.
Teams aren't going to give away the store for a rental. A good prospect and a high pick should be considered a win at this point because it's better than watching them walk away for nothing. The only reason to keep good players who are about to become an UFA is if a team is a true Stanley Cup contender.
Please, stop with the 2006 Oilers comparisons and how they proved teams finishing eighth in the conference can still play for the Stanley Cup. It's the only time it happened, which makes it a fluke in my book.
Supporting your team is one thing, but facing reality is another. It's time a few teams, including the Sabres, face reality.
-- Bucky Gleason
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