The Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres are engaged in trade talks surrounding Cam Fowler, reports Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. Their GM’s are scheduled to meet on Friday to continue discussions. ESPN/TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports he could potentially move within the next 24-48 hours.
The 24 year old Fowler has spent his entire six year career with the Ducks after being their first round pick (12th overall) back in 2010. Last season, he played in 69 games with Anaheim, scoring five goals while adding 23 assists. His 28 points was a career low.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray has made it known that he is willing to move the 8th overall pick in Friday’s NHL Entry Draft for a top end, left shot defenseman (Fowler does shoot left handed). However, TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes that the Sabres are not believed to be keen on giving up that pick in this trade. He also adds that a number of other teams have shown an interest in Fowler.
Fowler has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $4MM and will be an unrestricted free agent at its conclusion. The Ducks already have over $21MM committed to their defensemen for next season according to Cap Friendly and still have pending restricted free agent Hampus Lindholm to re-sign.