May 28 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche executive of hockey operations Joe Sakic (right) and head coach Patrick Roy (center) and president Josh Kroenke (left) pose for a photo during a press conference held at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Draft 2013: Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche Talking Trade For No. 1 Pick


The Colorado Avalanche have a new group of men in charge and they may not wait very long to make their first major move. According to Buffalo Sabres director of amateur scouting Kevin Devine, the two sides have been in discussions that involve trading the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

“We have had conversations with Colorado… I think it’s how far they want to move back,” Devine said, via WGR 550. “And you take the situation in Colorado and where there’s a new regime in there with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.

“I don’t think Patrick came in there with the idea of a long rebuild. So I think they might be willing to listen to a few things.”

Buffalo certainly has the ammunition to jump up to the top pick with the eighth and 16th overall picks.

Colorado has publicly discussed the possibility of trading the top pick, so it will be interesting to see if they actually choose to do so or if they will hang on and use the No. 1 pick to draft a player who they could potentially build their franchise around moving forward.

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