The rich just got richer. Now is the time to panic.
The St. Louis Blues traded Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016 to the Buffalo Sabres for goalie Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott, according to NHL.com
Each team gets what they want in this deal. The Blues have been looking for a goalie in the trade market and they picked up the top goalie in the trading market before the deadline. They also improve at center without giving up many assests in the short term. For St. Louis, there is no need to rebuild; they want to win now. Draft picks become currency of trades when you already have a built team around you.
For Buffalo, they are a team with assests in need of a rebuild job. With two draft picks and a prospect, the Sabres have to feel happy with themselves. Miller was trying his best, but he could not carry the team to the playoffs. This is the final demolition job the Sabres needed before they could rebuild.
This is bleak news for the Predators, considering their Central Division rivals are a President’s Trophy and Stanley Cup contender. If the Blues can manage to get the top seed in the West and the Predators come away with an eight seed, the first goalie Nashville will have to beat is Ryan Miller. That’s not an impossible task, but it isn’t at all likely.
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