Trades show that Sabres are tanking

‘According to media reports, Murray was asking for a lot. But other teams knew what a streaky and up-and-down player Stewart is and refused to take the bait. So Murray got what he could for a player who is an unrestricted free agent.’

With 19 Games Remaining, Murray’s Done His Part

‘An organization has to be fully committed to tanking and know how it is going to affect several different angles before going forward.’

Tuesday’s Montreal Coverage

Bergevin adds three pieces to Canadiens puzzle (Montreal Gazette)
A Habs homecoming for Greenfield Park native Torrey Mitchell (Montreal Gazette)
Habs acquire Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Sabres forwards Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (Montreal Gazette)
Saved from misery (Le Journal de Montreal)
Torrey Mitchell traded Canadian (La Presse)
Canadiens acquire Petry, Flynn and Mitchell at NHL trade deadline (CP)
Canadiens acquire Flynn from Sabres (The Sports Network)
Canadiens acquire Mitchell, Flynn from Sabres (The Sports Network)
Canadiens add Petry, Flynn in separate deals (The Sports Xchange)
Canadiens show patience, perspective (Sportsnet)
Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn in Montreal (RDS)
Montreal acquires Torrey Mitchell (Canadiens.com)
Solid depth (Canadiens.com)

Tuesday’s New York Coverage

Islanders’ Trades Bolster Their Roster for the Stanley Cup Push (New York Times)
Islanders trade for Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy, Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth (New York Daily News)
Islanders deadline adds: Tyler Kennedy, goalie Michal Neuvirth (New York Post)
Islanders trade for Michal Neuvirth and Tyler Kennedy, deal Chad Johnson (Newsday)
Islanders get goalie Neuvirth in trade from Sabres (AP)
Isles add Neuvirth (The Sports Network)
Isles add G Neuvirth, F Kennedy, D Louis (The Sports Xchange)
Islanders Acquire Neuvirth (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Tuesday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild adds size with last-minute deal for Stewart (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Finding place for Stewart will be challenge for Wild (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Wild make deadline deals for defenseman Leopold, forward Stewart (Fox Sports North)
Wild trade for Leopold, Stewart before NHL deadline (AP)
Wild take a chance on Stewart (TSN)
In Second Deal Of The Day, Wild Acquires Stewart (Wild.com)

Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning-Sabres preview capsule (Tampa Bay Times)
Sabres-Lightning Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (19-39-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (38-20-6) (The Sports Network)
Sabres get Ennis back in lineup against Lightning (NHL.com)
Bolts look to finish season 4-0-1 against Buffalo (TampaBayLightning.com)
Bolts gameday vs. Sabres (TampaBayLightning.com)

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.’