Last season I put together a pair of trade trees after Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller were moved. The Vanek tree has already sprung a few branches and could grow larger if Torrey Mitchell is moved this season. Ryan Miller is actually tied into a much larger trade tree which I only thought traced back to Alexander Mogilny. As it turns out, it is part of a trade tree that goes all the way back to Don Edwards.
A member at the fan forum Sabresfans.com (Goatlord) took the time to trace out the Edwards and Rick Martin trade trees and his work went a long way towards helping me structure the image below. By using the framework that Goatlord set up with each tree, I put them together where they officially intersect (the Ryan Miller trade to St. Louis) for fans to see how deep some of Buffalo’s trade roots go. What is amazing is that this tree shows no signs of ending thanks to the picks and prospects acquired for Miller and Andrej Sekera. Once again, the framework of this is based off the work of Goatlord at Sabresfans.com along with research done on NHL Trade Tracker.com.
Rick Martin’s trade to Los Angeles gave the Sabres organization roots that are still planted today. The deal can be traced all the way to the acquisition of Ryan O’Reilly and now Dmitri Kulikov. The tree is so in-depth that it actually overlaps with the deal that sent Don Edwards to Calgary.
As you’ll notice, a few branches are closing in on dying off as Dan Bylsma won’t produce any further assets in terms of trade chips and if Jimmy Vesey doesn’t sign in Buffalo he too will close out that end of the tree. However, the trade that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis continues to bear fruit. That trade helped spur deals for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Kulikov and the pick that became Rasmus Asplund. Add in the 2017 second round pick obtained from Minnesota and this tree still has plenty of life down the road.
This is the most up-to-date version of the trade tree, updated to include Buffalo’s offseason moves in 2016. Another update will be coming soon to clean up some areas in terms of formatting and clarity.