To the surprise of none, the Buffalo Sabres enter the final days before the 2016 trade deadline as sellers. One of the pieces they’re looking to move is 27-year-old forward Jamie McGinn.
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN’s Insider Trading, the Sabres are hoping to receive a 2nd round pick from a trade partner in exchange for McGinn.
McGinn, a pending UFA, has a long history of injuries that’s prevented him from regularly showing his full potential, but he’s frequently just shy of a 20-goal pace. With 12 goals and 13 assists in 58 games as a Sabre, he’s been a solid depth scoring option that may be of interest to teams looking to bolster their depth.
The real struggle here is that no one is really sure what the prices are going to look like for rental players. There have been so few trades this year, particularly for rentals, that it’s not clear if the Sabres will find a partner willing to part with a 2nd.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.