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Sabres' Botterill should use caution on trading Ryan O'Reilly

Sabres' Botterill should use caution on trading Ryan O'Reilly
Published On: Mon, Jun 11
Dec 7, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) goes down in front of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) and goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

For all the talk at the Stanley Cup final you heard about the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Marc-Andre Fleury, there was a player with a building buzz as the calendar crept into June and he had not played in an NHL game in more than two months.

The name? Ryan O'Reilly.

The Sabres center'sA locker cleanout day chat with reportersA that resonated around the NHL won't go away. And it has much of the league's Canadian-based media cognoscenti insistent that Buffalo will be shipping out its top two-way player at some point in the next two weeks in advance of the draft June 22-23 in Dallas.

Maybe they're right. Or maybe O'Reilly's name will go down as more grist on the rumor mill that never actually takes place, which is far more of what happens nowadays in a media world beholden to content and chatter than what the final scorecard ultimately looks like. (Now in fairness, it's also a world where rumors probably would come true much more often were it not for the salary cap preventing deals from taking place.)

But in either case, here's some unsolicited advice for Sabres GM Jason Botterill about O'Reilly: Don't do it.

The Sabres are about to add Rasmus Dahlin to their roster and will almost certainly have Casey Mittelstadt on a full-time basis this season. Why in the world would they trade O'Reilly now? You have to be strong down the middle. A lot of teams out there would be pretty envious of a center group that reads Eichel-Mittelstadt-O'Reilly. If you trade O'Reilly, who is taking up all his minutes a€” and who is winning a faceoff?

TSN has O'Reilly as No. 2 on its tradebait board heading into the offseason, behind only Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson. O'Reilly is coming off a 24-goal, 61-point season where he was the NHL's top faceoff man. And he's going to get traded for saying he hated losing and lost his passion for the game because he saw a locker room where too many guys didn't care? That makes no sense.

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