The Buffalo Sabres have lost 14 games in a row and haven’t even earned a single consolation point over that span. To say they’re not making the playoffs would be redundant as we knew that well before their slide started. For some of their players though, there’s still hope: They could be picked up by another team.
It’s gotten to the point where coach Ted Nolan is using that as motivation for players, per the Buffalo News’ John Vogl.
“Maybe somebody will see you and want you,” Nolan said.
That sums up the state of the Sabres about as well as anything could. It’s not far off in principle from motivating young AHLers to play hard in the hopes that their NHL club might want them.
Buffalo has a number of potential trade candidates, including forwards Chris Stewart, Drew Stafford, and Torrey Mitchell and defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Then there’s Tyler Myers, who could command a sizable sum if the Sabres agree to part ways with him. He’s also one guy Nolan doesn’t want to see go anywhere.
“He’s one of the bright spots on this team,” Nolan told the Buffalo News. “When you go through a rebuilding and restocking of the organization, some of the pieces you keep and you surround them. Tyler Myers is one of those guys you build your team around.
“Very rarely do you see a 6-foot-8 guy who can skate like a 5-foot-8 guy. He’s been tremendous for us all season long.”
So if Nolan gets his way, Myers won’t be able to play his way off of the team. For the rest of the squad though…