By John Vogl
Go big or go home, right?
Tim Murray couldn't have gone much bigger with his first trade as the general manager of the Sabres. He dealt the face of the franchise and the team captain in a package deal.
"It’s a fair-size one," Murray said with a slight grin tonight.
Ryan Miller and Steve Ott are off to St. Louis. Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional pick that could be a first-rounder this year are in Buffalo's pocket.
That's a win for Murray, it says here.
"A couple high picks, a couple players that can play for us right now and help us," Murray said.
Miller and Ott were both going to go to St. Louis, but it was originally two separate transactions. For the sake of argument, let's break it down as Ott for a 2015 first-round pick and Miller for Halak, Stewart, Carrier and the conditional pick. That's a fantastic haul for the Sabres' GM.
It's a win for the Blues, too. St. Louis was already tied for second overall in the NHL. The Blues might be the Stanley Cup favorite now.
Murray can walk around with a smile after his first trade. He should also walk around with his phone charged because it was the first of many.