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Dreger believes Gorges 'will be traded'

Josh Gorges has been with the Buffalo Sabres for almost four years

February 16, 2018 - 12:24 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

The NHL Trade Deadline is only 10 days away on February 26th at 3 p.m. Rumors have surrounded the trade status of Evander Kane and Robin Lehner for a while, and now you can add Josh Gorges to that list. Gorges is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, and if the Sabres could get something for him, it makes sense to do it.

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Gorges in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Montreal ended up sending that pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Andrew Shaw trade, which was used to select defenseman Chad Krys. Krys has yet to play a game in the NHL yet.

In four seasons with the Sabres, Gorges has played over 200 games, scoring three goals and adding 23 assists.

One road block to a trade could be Gorges' cap hit at $3.9 million.

TSN's Darren Dreger joined the Instigators for his usual Friday visit on WGR and addressed the trade interest in Gorges:

On the idea of Gorges being traded:
"I do believe he will be traded. I believe that Jason Botterill is going to do everything in the power of the Buffalo Sabres to give this guy a playoff opportunity. He's been a terrific pro, and an excellent leader within this organization. He deserves it."

On Gorges expensive contract:
"Final year of his contact, but the cap hit is a problem at $3.9 million. The Buffalo Sabres have let it be known they're willing to eat 50% of his cap hit."

Potential suitors for Gorges:
"I know there's been interest. Look at a team like St. Louis for example. They might be looking for a depth defenseman, someone that can give them honest minutes. St. Louis is a cap team, so maybe even half the cap hit is a problem, but maybe there's another piece that can be thrown in to soften it. Winnipeg is another team that's kicked tires, and there could be others."

On why Gorges is appealing to teams:
"Just based on his reputation and the will to compete, I think Josh Gorges will get traded."

If you're wondering what Gorges could fetch the Sabres in a trade, one example to look back at was Mike Weber being traded to the Washington Capitals before the 2016 deadline. The Sabres received a third round pick in return for Weber. Like Gorges, Weber was a veteran depth defenseman that provided little to no offense. The Sabres used that pick in this past draft on Finnish defenseman Oskari Laaksonen.

You can listen to the entire segment with Dreger below:

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