Now it's Tyler Enniswho is the longest tenured Buffalo Sabre. Mike Weber, who has been a staple on the Sabres roster for years has officially been moved to the Nation's capital in exchange for a 2017 third round pick. This is the first trade in what looks like another selling year for the Buffalo Sabres.
Mike Weber sent to Washington for a third
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Mike Weber's first season in Buffalo was the 2007-08 season in which he played just 16 games for the blue and gold. Those were the first 16 of 341 that the "stay at home" blueliner would play for the Sabres. He did not contribute much offensively to the Sabres and had his fair share of struggles, but Weber was always known as a player who gave 110% on the ice no matter what. He would defend his teammates and protect his net. These are the main reasons Washington is willing to give up a future third round pick for the 28 year old defenseman.
Although it is not likely Weber will make a huge impact for the Capitals (who have only lost 14 games thus far), he will be a very solid depth defenseman for a team that is favored to win the East. In close low scoring playoff games, a guy like Weber is great to have at your disposal if a player gets hurt. This move gives Washington insurance in case of injury in the form of a solid, inexpensive rental player.
For Buffalo, the Sabres fans shouldn't be anything, but happy. The worst thing is when UFAs leave for nothing. It didn't seem likely that Murray was going to bring Weber back, so he decided that he wanted to get something for him while also giving Weber the chance to win. Also, a third round value for a defenseman that has only scored 9 goals in his career is excellent for Buffalo.
All in all, this is a trade where everyone is a winner.