Buffalo continues to shed salary while trying very hard to look like they’re not trying to shed salary.
They traded winger Vaclav Varada and a fifth round draft pick to Ottawa for 18-year-old center Jakub Klepis. Varada, a lifetime Sabre, was making $1.3 million which is too rich for Buffalo’s blood. I’d think it’s too rich for Ottawa’s blood, but maybe they have a secret cash stash I don’t know about.
The Avalanche are making moon eyes at Buffalo’s Chris Gratton. Like just about every other playoff-bound team, Colorado is looking to go gritty for the playoffs.
Speaking of Colorado, remember just a few weeks ago when they were horrible? You know what turned them around? Ray Bourque. One of hockey’s greatest defensemen (now retired after bringing a Stanley Cup to Colorado) gave a pep talk to goalie Patrick Roy.
You know what else helped the Avs? Joe Sakic’s broken foot. They were 12-1-1-1 while he was been gone.
But maybe they’re ready for Sakic now. He came back last night, picking up an assist. The Avs beat the Oilers 4-2.
Sakic is off the super hot first line of Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay, and Milan Hejduk. Sakic centered a line with Steve Reinprecht on the left and Radim Vrbata on the right.