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Trade: Wayne Simmonds to Sabres for a Conditional 2021 5th

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4 years too late. Botterill and picking up washed up vets as depth pieces, name a more iconic duo

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This is a good safe play. Good player, tough and has scored in the past. I hope we don't give away prospects unless we get a starting goalie (to share time with Leenus)  in the deal 

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1 minute ago, freester said:

Is he a UFA?

Yes.  So I'm in the "why not" camp on this one.  It didn't cost us anything.

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Awesome (if this were 2016).  

For a 5th next year, am fine with it.

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1 minute ago, MODO Hockey said:

why? 5 million for? speak up 😄

It's a move you make if you're trying to make the playoffs. He's a rental on a bad cap hit, but it's a vote of confidence from Botterill unless he trades a bunch of good pieces out now and it just turns into a cap dump for no reason.

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Wayne Simmonds ... for a 5th... ok good deal. But he’s a UFA. So, we’ll see if we threw away a 5th or not.

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And you'd have to imagine that a forward will be going out at some point after this trade.

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2 minutes ago, WildCard said:

4 years too late. Botterill and picking up washed up vets as depth pieces, name a more iconic duo

I would have loved Simmonds in his mid-to-late 20s and prior to the $5M hit. Now... it's a good pickup for a playoff run. And a solid rental for a 5th and retained salary.

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Just enough to 'buy' to say we took a run at it.

I was hoping we'd flip him but after seeing the conditions there's no way.

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Simmonds is pretty much done and makes a huge salary.

He is also an expiring contract, fills a need and makes this team better down the stretch.

Very odd, but thumbs up.

One of our UFA's is moving for sure to make room for his deal

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I thought he wasn’t doing rentals. Oh well.  I guess that makes us tougher?

So who is gone to open the roster spot?  Another deal must be coming.

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