he Buffalo Sabres have bowed to the inevitable. With total chaos reigning from their front office to their locker room, they have decided to have a fire sale and right the next couple of seasons off in the hopes of having a competitive team in the future. Long suffering goaltender Ryan Miller was finally given his freedom, and along with captain Steve Ott have made their way to be part of the St. Louis Blues organization. The whole Jaroslav Halak situation now occurring is another example of how bad things are in Buffalo right now.
The Bruins are one of the many clubs currently picking over the remains of the Buffalo roster. The Bruins need at least one rental defenseman to replace Dennis Seidenberg. With the ongoing setbacks that are plaguing Adam McQuaid, the organization might be looking for a second. It comes down what sort of offers the Bruins can give the Sabres for the services of players like Henrik Tallinder (who is essentially one of the acting captains on the Buffalo squad).
Honestly, the Bruins have better things to do than pick over the remains of the Buffalo Sabres.
Let’s take a look at Henrik Tallinder. While Tallinder might be a cheap, short-term option, it wouldn’t be one that will work for Boston. Tallinder has played forty six games for the Sabres. He has put only seven points (two goals) in that time. He’s got a plus/minus -15, (his career +/- is only +14), and put up twenty four minutes in penalties. So far this season, he’s only put up thirty three shots on the net. While there is a case that his stats can only improve after leaving a team as doomed as Buffalo, the Bruins will need someone who is ready to compete for the Cup, and I don’t think Tallinder is ready to play at that level right now.
Peter Chiarelli is known for his skills in the trade circle. He has made solid and smart choices for the Bruins in the past, and I doubt he’s willing to give what’s left of the sinking ship in Buffalo anything more than a cursory glance over. The Bruins need to compete, and if and when they make that trade, Chiarelli will make the smartest possible choice. Right now, the smartest possible choice is certainly not in Buffalo.