Sabres ship away 4 veterans on NHL trade deadline day

‘”We are in 30th place. Our time is the future,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “And we added assets for the future.”‘

Sabres deal Stewart to Minnesota

‘The 27-year-old Toronto native has 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 61 games this season.’

Sabres send Stewart, Mitchell to Wild, Canadiens, respectively

‘The Sabres reportedly retain half of Stewart’s remaining salary, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.’

Four traded excited and relieved

‘Chris Stewart was not the only player on the way out that will have good memories about his time in Buffalo. All four players traded today are thankful for their time with the blue and gold. Neuvirth added that “I really liked it here, you know, the time in Buffalo, and you know, everyone was always good to me and gonna miss the teammates but, you know, this is a business.”’

The final steps of suffering are taken

‘So where does this leave the organization. They are in 30th place now and many including NHL executives are accusing the team of tanking. Tim Murray said, “I’ve never been told to finish last, no. If we choose 28th, then that’s where we’ll pick. I assume that the players that we have here will try to win every game, I assume the coaching staff will try to win every game, they’ve never had any interference from me, the players have never been told by me to not win, the only talk of that I get is from the Press. We just don’t talk about that.” Murray wasn’t done. He also said, “A good example of that if there’s any question is Neuvirth was playing well and started 10 games in a row. If everybody in here think’s that Neuvirth is a much better goalie than Lindback, then if we were trying to lose every game then we probably should’ve been playing Lindback, but that’s not what we’re doing.”’

Sabres acquire draft pick from Montreal for Flynn

‘Flynn recorded 41 points (17+24) in 159 games with the Sabres after signing with the team as a free agent on March 29, 2012.’

Sabres acquire Johnson, draft pick from Islanders

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has acquired goaltender Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth.’

Sabres acquire Nevins, pick from Montreal for Mitchell

‘Nevins (6’2”, 199 lbs., 9/18/93), who signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens in March 2013, has played 32 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) this year in his first full professional season, totaling 88 penalty minutes.’

Sabres acquire second-round pick for Stewart

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team has acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Chris Stewart.’

Clock ticking for Sabres as trade deadline approaches

‘One of the worst-kept secrets in hockey is the back-and-forth Murray continues to have with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli about Stewart. The Sabres are believed to want a second-round pick and a young prospect in exchange for the 27-year-old Stewart but the price could be growing. Arizona got a first-rounder from Chicago for Antoine Vermette, and 36-year-old Dallas winger Erik Cole brought two prospects, a second-round pick and a conditional third-rounder back from Detroit.’

Chris Stewart prepared to leave Sabres at trade deadline

‘“If it does happen, I’m chomping at the bit,” Stewart told reporters Saturday in Florida. “I think that’s why all of us play. We want to win a Stanley Cup, we want to play playoff hockey. That’s the best time of the year. It’s no fun going home and watching it, that’s for sure. I’m sick of watching it last year. So I’ve seen enough. I want to play in it, represent my team and my family, play fun hockey.”’

Sabres anxiously await Monday’s trade deadline

‘“I don’t think it’s a comfortable feel for anyone when the trade deadline comes, but you know, going through it you know last year it’s obviously tough not knowing what’s going to happen. Obviously none of that’s in your control and the guys have families, and houses, and all sorts of different things that have to be worked out when trades come, but, it’s something that you deal with as it comes.”’

We’re finally going to see some trades

‘Stewart will generate the most interest and get Buffalo the highest return. Ever since the winger was benched by Ted Nolan he’s been a different player. Stewart understands he’s likely gone and said, “I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’ve been waiting around all year so I’m just counting down the time here and try not to think about it.”’

Loss sends some Sabres into limbo

‘The Sabres were outshot, 47-14, and the Panthers had a monstrous 76-30 advantage in shot attempts in the game. The shots on goal over the final two periods were an eye-popping 37-8, but Neuvirth was again stellar in giving his team a chance.’

Seriously, Gretzky best fit to coach Sabres

‘Gretzky’s biggest joy while coaching Phoenix from 2005 to 2009 was working with young guys such as Peter Mueller, Keith Yandle, Kyle Turris and Viktor Tikhonov. Gretzky urged the organization to keep the teens and 20-year-olds on the roster even though it meant more losses on his coaching record.’