As the March 5th NHL trade deadline approaches, speculation surrounding the Sabres plans continues to grow. For now, most of the media's attention is devoted to longtime goalie, and pending UFA Ryan Miller.
Yesterday afternoon, AP writer John Wawrow spoke to a source that claims the Sabres are still actively shopping Miller. The source, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity, believes new general manager Tim Murray continues to attempt to trade Miller.
"Tim is testing the waters as hard as he can," the source said.
Wawrow's source also said the team's first option is trading Miller. If an agreement cannot be reached, option two would be making an attempt to re-sign Miller before he reaches free agency.
This morning, Brian Lawton, who is a former player, agent, and general manager in the NHL, shared his thoughts regarding Miller's status on his Twitter account.
"I am hearing that it is not likely that Ryan Miller will be traded by the deadline and Sabres are turning attention towards re signing him," Lawton said."The school of thought on Miller is that a deal in the Lundqvist range now would allow the team to trade him in a better market."
Lawton also explained why he believes the Sabres intentions have shifted towards retaining Miller.
"The goalie market is thin. The St. Louis Blues are the only possibility for Miller trade and everyone know it is driving value down."
The Sabres return to action tonight for the first time since the Olympic break. They will take on the Carolina Hurricanes, who currently sit in 12th place and three points out of a playoff spot. The puck drops tonight at 7 PM ET.