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Sabres “Wide Open” for Business Going Into NHL Trade Deadline

The Buffalo Sabres are “wide open” when it comes to listening to trade options this season.

By now, everyone knows the Buffalo Sabres are open for business. But, there’s a difference between preparing to make a couple moves and what Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday during the Saturday Headlines of Hockey Night in Canada.

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According to Friedman, the Sabres are “wide open” for business and notes that they are listening on everyone. The insider specifically mentioned Sam Reinhart and Eric Staal, but noted that nothing is off the table. He explained, “…they are listening on all options. I think there is a number of things that people think they may do or may not do.”

Friedman added that there are other names floating around that you would expect and suggests Nashville, Detroit, and Buffalo are all teams that could be ready to make moves. For the Sabres, they are listening to any possibilities.

What Can Fans Expect from Sabres?

Chris Johnston notes that Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner are the only players with no-move clauses. Essentially, they are the only players who can block a trade if they so choose. But, it’s likely Skinner would welcome a change of scenery if offered one and while Hall said he’s open to re-signing, he might want to join a contender.

Eric Staal Buffalo Sabres
Eric Staal Buffalo Sabres

As for everyone else, it comes down to how open other teams are to adding the contracts of players the Sabres are making available. In some cases, there will be interest. In others, the Sabres could have a harder time moving out money.

When it comes to Jack Eichel, his name is still out there, but he’s not requested a trade and if he’s moved, it’s more likely to get done in the offseason.

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