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Blowing up (the) Buffalo (Sabres)

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch touches upon the usual hot trade topics in Jarome Iginla and Corey Perry in his weekly rumor roundup, but he suggests that the biggest moves to come as we hurtle toward the April 3rd trade deadline may originate in Buffalo, where the Sabres are considering "blowing up" their roster:

Despite the denials of GM Darcy Regier, league sources confirmed to QMI Agency Saturday the Sabres are indeed ready to "blow it up" and pretty much every player on their roster is available before the April 3 trade deadline.

Sources say the Sabres aren't going to move high-scoring winger Thomas Vanek or top prospects Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson or Alexander Sulzer. Nobody would take Tyler Myers' contract, but every player is up for discussion.

The Sabres are treading water. They're about to miss the playoffs for the second straight year. They tried blaming coach Ruff, but replacement Ron Rolston hasn't exactly set the world on fire.

There will be plenty of talk and not much action for Regier. First of all, he's tough to make a trade with and teams won't want Ville Leino's $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17 or worse Christian Ehrhoff at $4 million until 2020-21.

Captain Jason Pominville is indeed among those available and he'd be an attractive option for any team. He has a cap hit of $5.3 million through next season and is a heart and soul player who could help anybody. Tough deal to make.

A player who will likely get moved: RW Drew Stafford.

Continued with many more rumors...

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Hootinani's avatar

Pominville has been a player I would love to see in a Winged Wheel for a few seasons now, but I can’t imagine the price Detroit would have to pay to get him.  And I’m not sure this is a year we should be trading off our 1st rounder, which I’m sure would have to be part of the package.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/17/13 at 12:54 PM ET

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