At the conclusion of the NHL trade deadline this past week, it was clear who was going all in for a Stanley Cup run and who was going all out for Connor McDavid.
Teams like the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes made it painfully obvious that they wish to tank in order to improve their chances of winning the draft lottery and earning the right to draft Connor McDavid first overall. If not, by finishing last, they'd at least get a nice consolation prize in Jack Eichel.
The Sabres traded both goalies off their roster, and over the course of the season, also traded Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford and any decent talent over 23 on their roster.
The Coyotes understandably shipped out Antoine Vermette, Zybanek Michalek and got a great return in trading Keith Yandle, while at the same time improving their probability of tanking in order to get McDavid or Eichel.
Nevertheless, the Sabres still appear to be the favorite to land "the next one" in McDavid.
Does any of this sound fair to McDavid? "Good news kid, you're going to the NHL.... To the Buffalo Sabres."
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