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Murray Discusses Miller, Nolan

Sabres GM Tim Murray met the media prior to Tuesday's home matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. While much of the conversation was focused on the upcoming trade deadline, Murray also provided a glimpse into Ted Nolan's current status.

"We are discussing it and we have discussed it, so we're along that path, yes," said Murray when asked about a contract extension for Nolan.

Regarding Miller, the Buffalo general manager mentioned that there has been interest from "more than two teams, less than 10 teams" and also acknowledged that a trade could be beneficial for both parties.

"Players that treat you right, you try to do what's best for them too, as long as it fits into what you're doing" Murray said. "By trading Ryan to a contender, a good team that maybe is lacking only his position, I think that we've certainly not done a disservice to him and we've helped the organization in our own right."

"Our goal right now, I think on both sides, is to pursue a proper trade," he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, speculation surfaced that the Sabres might be focusing on re-signing Miller, rather than looking for a trade partner.

"It's realistic, but it's not the route we're looking at right now," Murray noted. "The route we're looking at is to get value for [Miller], to put him in a position to succeed."

Murray had some thoughts on whether the goaltender wants to stick around for a rebuild. "I know what I think [Miller's] first choice would be, and I don't think signing here is his first choice at his age and where we're at," he said. "But I wouldn't say he's got no interest."

If the Sabres were to deal Miller before next week's deadline, it remains to be seen what kind of package could be sent Buffalo's way. "Ideally, in a perfect world, if teams would give me two real good young players that are two years or so into their development, that would be outstanding," said Murray. "But I don't think teams are going to bend over backwards to make life easier for us. It's going to be the determination made, what the best deal is offered, and if it's draft picks -- it's draft picks. And then we'll turn them into assets and players."

Murray also briefly spoke about his current captain and what the future may hold for Steve Ott.

"Steve Ott is the type of player I've looked for, for 21 years," he said. "The type of person and the type of player, the way he plays the game, the way he conducts himself, that's not the type of player that I want to trade away. That's the type of player I want to bring in. Unfortunately, when I got here, he's at his age and he's an unrestricted free agent, so he has every right to pursue other opportunities."

Hear the entire interview in our On Demand Audio.

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