The Sabres’ Deadline Day Bonanza (Not)

It was a pretty quiet day for everyone. The Sabres made 1 NHL move, shipping out Jamie McGinn just, and I mean JUST, before the deadline. Sunday night the made the only “blockbuster” deal of the deadline. A 7 player swap involving only AHL players and 1 draft pick.

Nothing special about an AHL trade. You typically get a few 1 for 1s on deadline day. It was certainly a rarity to see 7 players swapped, but when you look at some of the rules for AHL rosters, it makes sense. The Sabres’ AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans had too many players with too many professional games (professional game include AHL). Of the 18 skaters you can dress for a game, 13 of them must be “developmental players”. 12 of those 13 must have played fewer than 260 professional games. The last must be under 320 games. In the deal the Sabres picked up 4 players under the 260 game limit, while trading away 2 who were over. They also picked up a local player and the leading point-getter in the AHL, so there’s a potential NHL impact by 1 player at minimum.

Jamie McGinn was dealt to Anaheim for a conditional 3rd round pick. A pretty interesting condition too. The pick will become a 2nd rounder if the Ducks make the conference finals, and McGinn plays at least 50% of their playoff games. If the pick becomes a 2nd, the pick then gets bumped to 2017. If it stays a 3rd rounder, it’s for the upcoming draft. All in all I think that there’s definitely a possibility that the condition gets hit. A 2nd round pick for McGinn is a good deal, though personally I think the value he brings to the Sabres is more than the second round pick could bring – eventually. I’m hopeful that the Sabres can sign him out of free agency come July. I would have preferred them to not trade him, but I guess if the can get him back, it’s a win regardless for the Sabres.

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