Earlier this month a report surfaced that Zach Bogosian, who was about to be a healthy scratch for the Buffalo Sabres, had requested a trade. Now, Darren Dreger of TSN reports that Evan Rodrigues has also “made his interests in a trade known.” Joe Yerdon of The Athletic tweets that Rodrigues “does not see a future with the organization.”
The 26-year old forward has played fewer than nine minutes in three of his past four games, including just 8:34 on Sunday against the Boston Bruins.
It’s been a rough season for Rodrigues, who was awarded a one-year $2MM contract through arbitration in the summer. That was because of his previous two years, where he provided the Sabres with 54 points in 122 games, looking like a useful middle-six piece. That usefulness has basically completely disappeared under new head coach Ralph Krueger, as Rodrigues has zero goals and three points in 24 games this season. Part of that is due to his drastically reduced ice time, but it’s hard to imagine a team running out to land a $2MM forward with such low production at this point.
Just like Bogosian, Rodrigues will likely not bring back anything of value for the Sabres at this point. He could get his wish at the end of the year though, as he’ll be a restricted free agent once again and would need a $2MM qualifying offer for the Sabres to retain his rights.