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The Daily: Sabres Chasing Hellebuyck?; Oilers-Bruins a Trade Fit



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The rebuilding Red Wings have to keep up with the rebuilding Sabres to compete in Atlantic Division. The Sabres will be way ahead if they land Connor Hellebuyck

During the season, Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman made the point that his team needed to keep up with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators because those were the teams the Red Wings will be competing with in the Atlantic Division in the near future.

Those teams are on similar rebuilding timelines.

That’s why the Red Wings have to be concerned that the Athletic is reporting that the Sabres are in pursuit of a trade with the Winnipeg Jets for Connor Hellebuyck. The Sabres already boast Devon Levi who  is considered one of the NHL’s best young goalies

Hellebuyck will be an unrestricted free agent a year from now. That’s why the Jets are considering moving him.

He could be the missing piece for the Sabres.

The Sabres already have one of the NHL’s best offensive teams, plus two elite defensemen in Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power. The addition of Hellebuyck would give them one of the top 10 goalies in the game.

Don’t forget that the Sabres only finished one point behind the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division standings. Now the Panthers look like they are headed toward the Stanley Cup Final.


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Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins need centers and the Oilers need defensive help. Would they make good trading partners? Boston Bruins.

Buffalo: Premium Sabres prospect Matthew Savoie is expected to suit up for Rochester in the American Hockey League Eastern Conference Final. Buffalo Sabres

Chicago: Nate Brown explains how the 2016-17 season hastened the Blackhawks’ fall from contention. Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado: Evan Rawal explores the possibility of the Avalanche re-signing Evan Rodrigues. Colorado Avalanche. 

Florida: What about ‘Bob?’ George Richards writes about how Sergei Bobrovsky has brought the Florida Panthers within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 27 years.  Florida Panthers. 

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Nashville: Yaroslav Askarov and Joakim Kemel are playing impressively enough in Milwaukee to get Predators fans excited. Nashville Predators. 

Philadelphia: Chuck Bausman writes that the Flyers’ rebuild needs star power and defensive help right off the bat. Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh: All bets are off now in the hiring of a new Pittsburgh GM.  The Penguins have received permission to talk to former Toronto GM Kyle Dubas. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vegas: Dan Kingerski reveals the ‘secret weapon’ that changed the Vegas Golden Knights’ playoff fortune. Vegas Golden Knights. 

Washington: Could Capitals solve the Evgeny Kuznetsov problem by working out a trade for Mark Scheifele? Washington Capitals.