Dreger: "I believe Josh Gorges will be traded"

February 16, 2018

Joe DiBiase reporting

The NHL trade deadline is 10 days away on February 26th. Rumors have surrounded Evander Kane, Robin Lehner, and now Josh Gorges. Gorges is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, and if the Sabres could get something for him, it makes sense they'd do it.

The Sabres acquired Gorges in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Montreal would send that pick to Chicago in the Andrew Shaw trade. The Blackhawks used the pick on defenseman Chad Krys, who has not played a game in the NHL yet. In 4 seasons with the Sabres, Gorges has played over 200 games, scored 3 goals, and added 23 assists.

One road block to a trade could be Gorges' cap hit at $3.9 million. TSN's Darren Dreger joined the Instigators on his usual Friday visit, and addressed that issue among others.

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 3rd round pick 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 Darren Dreger below.