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The Neutral Zone: NHL Teams Making Moves

You are now entering The Neutral Zone; keep your head up.  The Neutral Zone is going to give you a quick look as some of the breaking news from around the NHL. We will take 3-5 posts and give you our thoughts on what is going on.

Odd man out: The Buffalo Sabres have too many defensemen, and need to make some room. My condolences go out to Alexander Sulzer. Sulzer has the veteran experience teams want, and will make a good addition if he clears waivers. This could be a risk and reward type move for the Sabres. There is a good chance that Sulzer will be picked up by another team. His talent and leadership could make him a prime 5th defenseman. Check out our partners over at Sabre Noise for the full story.

Not so fast. The Tampa Bay Lightning make a bold move. Jonathan Drouin was pegged as a possible Calder Trophy winner this coming season, and now he will ride a bus with the rest of his Halifax Mooseheads teammates (Quebec Major Junior Hockey). This is as much a money move as it is a let the 18-year-old develop. By sending Drouin to Jr’s the Lightning will not activate his NHL contract. Players cannot get better sitting in the press box; they need to see ice time. Yahoo has more.

Welcome back old friend. The Anaheim Ducks are making moves already. Mathieu Perreault was brought out west in a trade from the Washington Capitals, and all it took was a player and a fourth round pick. This move is a strong one for the Ducks. Perreault will know at least one face in the Duck origination; his old coach, Bruce Boudreau. “Not only did they have time together in DC when Boudreau led the Caps, but Perreault also played for Boudreau in the AHL in Washington’s system.” This could be a career changing event for Perreault.  Check out CBS Sports for the details.

Let’s not forget that the NHL is driven by money, as are the teams. If they don’t need to spend it they wont.

Thanks for skating threw The Neutral Zone.

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