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Strange aspect of the Oilers and Sabres exchange revealed by an insider


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Sam Jones
July 8, 2024  (10:46)
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Strange aspect of the Oilers and Sabres exchange revealed by an insider
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In a move that caught many off guard, the Edmonton Oilers secured top prospect Matthew Savoie from the Buffalo Sabres.

The revelation that Buffalo initiated the inclusion of Savoie in exchange for Ryan McLeod adds a surprising layer to the trade dynamics, challenging the initial perception of the deal.
Tom Gazzola disclosed that it was the Sabres, not the Oilers, who first suggested adding Savoie to the transaction. This unexpected twist shifts the narrative, suggesting the Sabres might be reevaluating their squad composition more profoundly than anticipated.
While the general consensus leaned towards Edmonton pulling off a "steal," this new information paints a picture of a strategic decision by Buffalo to adjust their team's structure, particularly their bottom six, for the upcoming season. This pivot away from a highly touted prospect like Savoie, who has shown considerable promise in the WHL, raises questions about the Sabres' long-term strategy and roster management.
Jason Gregor's insights further illuminate the situation, suggesting concerns within the Sabres' management about Savoie's durability, given his history of injuries—albeit minor ones that only sidelined him for short periods. For more on Gregor's perspective
Despite doubts about his size, Savoie's track record in junior hockey and his knack for leadership and scoring have made him a coveted asset. The Oilers, in acquiring him, have not only bolstered their prospect pool but have made a calculated bet on his ability to transition successfully to the NHL. Savoie's acquisition reflects Edmonton's ongoing strategy to build a robust, skilled team capable of contending for championships.
This trade might initially seem skewed in Edmonton's favor, particularly if Savoie's potential flourishes at the NHL level. Yet, the Sabres' willingness to part with such a promising player suggests a different, perhaps more nuanced approach to building their future roster. Only time will tell if this gamble pays off for both teams, but for now, the Oilers appear to have made a significant addition to their lineup.
Source: Tom Gazzola
Sabres offered the Oilers Savoie
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Strange aspect of the Oilers and Sabres exchange revealed by an insider

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