NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres fielding calls on Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson

Ryan Miller

Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Murray has only been the Buffalo Sabres general manager for two weeks, but he won’t be afforded a honeymoon period as his club has perhaps the two biggest trade chips as the NHL’s trade deadline approaches on March 5, one week after the league resumes play after the Olympic break.

With goaltender Ryan Miller and winger Matt Moulson, who was acquired in a deal for Thomas Vanek earlier this season, are pending free agents and will force Murray to either trade the two cornerstones of the franchise or work out an extension to keep them in Buffalo.

“We’re just starting to explore the market the last day or two,” Murray said. “I’ve had some calls, and most of the calls are just generalities: ‘If I can meet your demand, would you be willing to move him?’ So you have teams calling, for sure, and they’re asking about different players. Every team has a different need; the same names come up, obviously, as far as the forwards go. My mandate here is to get better. I don’t want a five-year rebuild, that’s not what I’m about. It’s about getting better, and if that means trading guys and getting assets for them, then that’s the way it will be.”

Finding a trade partner for Miller may prove difficult as most teams in the playoff race are there as a result of the play in net, and Miller has been the face of the franchise in the new millennium, so I’d think the team works to retain him unless they are blown away with an offer.

Moulson would be much easier to move as teams are always looking to add a top-six forward to add some scoring punch as they make a push toward the postseason. With two 40-goal seasons on his resume, he could fetch a nice return for the new GM.

The Sabres are in the basement of the Eastern Conference and have the NHL’s worst record with a mere 33 points and for all the wrong reasons, the Sabres will have many around the league watching them closely to see who they can pluck from them as they rebuild.

Who that rebuild will center around will become much more clear in the next six weeks.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller

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  • Dano

    ” I don’t want a five-year rebuild, that’s not what I’m about. It’s about getting better, and if that means trading guys and getting assets for them, then that’s the way it will be.”

    So much for ‘ draft dreaming ‘ for many years like Edmonton.

  • davidmuscalo

    He doesn’t want a five-year rebuild, but he looking at trading the only two assets worth keeping – makes sense to me!

    • Joe

      My thoughts exactly

    • J Hiz

      You think Miller is honestly going to stay and commit career suicide in Buffalo? I think you’re crazy if you honestly think he stays because he wants to..

  • K O

    There are many players out there to build a good 3rd or 4th line and be team players the problem is the core. Who are they and do they project to be one of the strongest talented cores in hockey cus that’s what we need to play for the cup. He needs a superstar or two that’s what we don’t have but where do you get one? In the draft and wait 3-5 years or finding a Datsyuk. I don’t know how he rebuilds in under 5 years when he will trade away our two strongest players what do we get and who will replace them? We don’t have any projected elite prospects either. Thanks regier for showing us the way!

  • qwicwted

    I say we try to keep Moulson, he has a great work ethic and he has mentioned he would like to stay. At this point I would rather trade Ott – although I like him also. My logic tells me that Miller is going to end up in St. Lou and I could see us getting Stewart and maybe a prospect in return. Stewart is only playing 12-13 minutes and seems to be out of favor with Hitchcock. I also think Murray should field all offers for all players except our youngsters – although I think its time for Grigorenko to move on.

  • BryanD

    I can see miller gone before Olympic break, most likely as above to St Louis or Minnesota. But I can also see him possibly going to Detroit with all of Howard’s injures. If Moulson doesn’t stay I can see him in Toronto

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