Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dan Paille Traded

With apologies to the Dropkick Murphys, Daniel Paille is shipping up to Boston

A couple weeks ago I suggested that Dan Paille would be the odd man out if the Sabres decided to keep Tyler Myers full-time.  Looks like I was right, except I whiffed (much like Paille himself on several shots vs. the Thrashers Saturday night) on the method: instead of waiving him and getting nothing, Darcy turned him into a third-round pick and potentially a fourth-rounder as well.  Bravo, Darcy!

Obviously this clears room for Tyler Myers and Tim Kennedy to stay on the roster full-time, but there are a couple other benefits that I haven't seen much mention of.  First, this should also clear some room for fellow left winger Nathan Gerbe to be called up whenever the Sabres so desire.  Vanek, MacArthur, and Hecht are now established as the top three left wings on this team, and even though MacArthur is too hot right now to demote, if he has a bout of inconsistency Gerbe could be called up to take his place on the second line for a bit (since Lindy says that Gerbe can't be on a checking line).  Not having Paille around means one less guy that Gerbe must leapfrog.  Secondly, don't underestimate the importance of that third-round pick - that's ammunition that could be used to add an important piece at the trade deadline, which is why it's a good thing that this move was made now and not in late February.

As for Paille, two years ago I thought he was one of the best players on the team.  I used to say, "If we had 20 Dan Pailles on this team, we'd be unstoppable."  That's how much I appreciated his energy and physical style.  Ultimately a lack of consistency was what doomed him in Buffalo, and I wish Paille the best of luck in Boston.

I still don't believe that the Sabres will carry eight defensemen on the roster, though, so I'm now thinking that perhaps it's Nathan Paetsch who gets waived once Andrej Sekera returns from injury.  Paetsch could then be sent down and recalled as needed, with no loss of versatility.

One last note: I find it curious that Paille's name isn't even mentioned in the headline of the press release: "Sabres Acquire 3rd Round Draft Pick".  Were they really that down on him, or am I reading too much into it?

Guess this means I need to add a heading for "Ex-Sabres" labels now.

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