It appears what you see is what you get with the Sabres' roster*.
Darcy Regier told me Wednesday there aren't any trades in the works for his team as training camp approaches.
"No, not right now," Regier said by phone. "The conversations over the summer, we’ve talked about players with other organizations, but I think now the teams have taken, to a large extent, [the philosophy of], 'We’ve got this group, and we’ll go into camp and assess things as we go through training camp.'
"I think it’ll remain fairly tight. I think you’ll see some movement between the start of training camp and the start of the season – either through waivers or the switching of players from one organization to another in an attempt to either give the organization or the player a fresh start – but generally I think that the available dollars or the ability to find a trade partner, the difficulty of it will continue."
This summer has been quiet league-wide, the Sabres general manager said, because the only players available are ones whose contracts don't fit their play, either because their price is too high or term too long.
"It just revolves around the actual [salary] cap or internal organizational caps," he said. "I would say to a large extent the league has oversigned players. The team’s best players are normally not available for trade, and to the extent that underperformers are out there, in a lot of cases they have contracts that teams don’t want to pick up. It’s made it very difficult to find a match."
So have at it. Is this group good enough to make the playoffs? Regier says yes.
"It can," Regier said. "We’ll get some help from the youth, whether it’s Portland players or draft picks that will contribute to it, but this is still a group that we feel strongly about and look to start with the playoffs."
(*-- Drew Stafford is not listed on the roster because it is controlled by NHL central registry, and Stafford does not yet have a contract on file, though Regier expects one soon, as this post explains.)