Buffalo - December 29, 2014 - Sabres general manager Tim Murray has made little secret of his plan for not only the direction of the franchise, but for the future of forward Chris Stewart.
It is widely believed that Stewart, a big power forward with 30-goal potential, will be dealt at some point in time this season. After all, there is always demand for a big power forward with the potential to score.
But according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Murray is not only willing to wait, but his asking price is pretty high: a high-end prospect and a top pick. From Garrioch:
“Murray is ready to deal Stewart - and as stated in the past (Stewart) probably wouldn't mind the move either - but not until the Sabres are able to get the right pieces for the future. That could change before the deadline (March 5), but Buffalo is holding the line. Part of the reason Stewart is valuable is there aren't many rugged wingers available this season.”
The Bruins have been the team most often connected with Stewart, who has five goals and four assists in 35 games with the Sabres this year. It is believed that his rugged style of play would be a natural fit for a Bruins team that prides itself on its ability to ground and pound.
Even Stewart himself thinks he’d be a good fit in Boston:
"I like to consider myself a hard-nosed player who can stick up for his teammates," Stewart told DJ Bean of WEEI. "If I do get open, I can put the puck in the net. So yeah, I think that could be a good fit."
In addition to the Bruins, the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings are believed to be interested, but none have been willing to give up the assets Murray is asking for. The Kings would be an interesting fit for Stewart: his style of play with a very deep, experienced lineup would make them even more difficult to play against come spring time, something that most teams do not want to see.
Murray still has more than two months until the trade deadline and he’ll hope someone becomes desperate enough to give him what he wants.
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