Areal Flood Watch issued January 23 at 11:28AM EST expiring January 23 at 7:00PM EST in effect for: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming
Areal Flood Warning issued January 23 at 4:57AM EST expiring January 23 at 6:15PM EST in effect for: Erie
Areal Flood Watch issued January 21 at 11:31AM EST expiring January 23 at 7:00PM EST in effect for: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie
Areal Flood Watch issued January 21 at 11:31AM EST expiring January 23 at 7:00PM EST in effect for: Allegany, Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming
The Sabres protected list looks a lot like many of us imagined it would. Nothing shocking, but I was a little surprised the Sabres made 22-year-old William Carrier available to the Vegas Golden Knights. He has plenty of upside and he's a nice player who will likely play in the league for awhile.
That being said, not much else caught me off guard. I think the Sabres did the right thing by exposing players with hefty salaries like Matt Moulson and Zach Bogosian. Perhaps Jason Botterill will try and swing a deal to send the Golden Knights a draft pick (or multiple) to take one of those players off the Sabres' hands.
When looking at who was left unprotected I think the biggest loss for Buffalo would be if Vegas selected Linus Ullmark. I understand that Carrier has upside, but Ullmark has shown a lot of promise and I believe can be a good goaltender in the NHL in a few years.
Best case scenario:
Vegas takes Bogosian or Moulson and the Sabres don't need to sweeten the deal
The so-so scenario:
Vegas takes Bogosian or Moulson but the Sabres have to throw in a 'high' draft pick. I'd imagine it would require at least a second round pick, but that's really just a guess.
Worst case scenario:
Carrier or Ullmark head to Vegas. Both young players who the Sabres would love to keep in the organization. It's important to remember, the Sabres can still make a deal to assure that neither player is sent packing. Perhaps a deal to keep these two players would be cheaper than a deal forcing the Golden Knights to take on a big contract.