Monday, July 2, 2012

Sabres acquire Ott, Pardy for Roy

On Day Two of the frenzy, the Sabres made the biggest headlines when they struck a deal with the Stars. Following the addition of enforcer John Scott, Darcy Regier acquired Steve Ott and Adam Pardy for Derek Roy.

This is a move I like. They get an edgy in your face player like Ott, who does a bit of everything. He can score goals and agitate with the best of them. And at a more affordable cost than Roy ($4.0 M), Buffalo fans will love this guy's style. Think Matt Barnaby but with better hockey sense. Ott doesn't come cheap with a cap hit of $3.2 million over the next two years. However, the knock on the Sabres is that they were too soft to play against. That will change.

Roy's days were numbered once he ran his mouth. Besides, he wasn't exactly living up to expectations as their top center. With Cody Hodgson in along with kids Marcus Foligno and Luke Adam, there's reason to be excited in Western New York. Pardy also adds depth to a blueline that already features Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff, Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold. With a log jam that includes nine players on the back end, Regier could be stacking up pieces to make a deal.

Bobby Ryan is on the block. But at what cost? It could turn into a Battle Of New York between the Sabres and Rangers. Stay tuned.

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