Looking at the Sabres roster as it stands right now, before free agent signings, I’m trying to figure out who is ‘Untouchable’. Who will not be traded no matter the offer (even if it’s 10 first-round picks)? The list is short:
- Ryan Miller – A great goalie, and the one true international star we have, thanks to the Olympics.
- Tyler Myers – Barring something insane happening next year with his production, he’s the one guy I’d sign to one of thos ridiculous 8+ year deals.
- Thomas Vanek – Our one true goal scorer, on a big contract. Don’t know about you, but I’m keeping the 40+ goal guy (with a good center ice guy)
- Paul Gaustad – Future captain, faceoff ninja, fan favorite.
There are a few others that are in that category by default (rookies on their ELC, just-signed Mike Grier) but that’s really it. Seems like there should be more than that. I can think of 4+ forwards alone on many teams. I wonder if other teams view their rosters the way I do, though. I know the Pensblog boys have been having fun with all the ‘Trade Malkin!’ articles that popped up after their playoff ouster. I can think of a bunch of guys I’d keep if I were Pittsburgh, just not sure they’d agree.
If you have any others that fit in there for Buffalo, let me know.