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Sabres GM Murray: More a matter of 'if' than 'when' for a Miller trade

By John Vogl

OTTAWA -- Based on talks so far, Sabres General Manager Tim Murray says it's more a matter of "if" than "when" in regards to a Ryan Miller trade.

The goaltender is Buffalo's biggest bargaining chip as the NHL heads into Friday's Olympic break trade freeze. But Murray said this evening nothing is imminent and he said he doesn't expect much action league-wide heading into the break.

Part of the reason is teams have to pay players during the break. For teams near the salary cap, it doesn't make sense to pick up Miller now and pay his $6.25 million salary for days in which he's not even part of the team.

Murray is entering his first trade period, and he says that like on-ice rookies he's being tested by veteran GMs. He's content that he knows players and knows other general managers well enough that he knows what he's doing.

His full interview is below.

As far as the Sabres' game against Ottawa tonight, coach Ted Nolan said Marcus Foligno and Linus Omark will sit. Ville Leino and Zenon Konopka will return to the lineup.

Tyler Myers will miss his second game with a leg injury. Jhonas Enroth will start in goal.

Nolan's chat is also below.

Tim Murray

Ted Nolan


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