By John Vogl
The trade deadline could feature more than trades for the Buffalo Sabres.
General Manager Tim Murray says he and the scouting staff are looking hard at a couple of players on the waiver wire, and he's doing so while fielding calls on about 25 percent of his roster.
"There’s a couple names there that we feel can help us," Murray said in an interview with Sabres.com "We’re trying to tie that into what may happen going forward here. We don’t want to end up 27 players here on our roster. That would make it tough for our coaching staff to keep everybody happy, but we’re definitely with our scouting staff in the room talking about a couple guys who are on waivers. There’s at least one or two real possibilities."
Among the notable names are waivers are Cory Conacher (the Canisius College grad) and goalie Scott Clemmensen. The others are defensemen Joe Corvo, Corey Potter and Derek Smith, and forwards Scott Gomez, Trevor Smith and Jake Dowell.
But today is mostly about trades, and the Sabres are open for business.
"Twenty-two guys, I’d say approximately 25 percent we’ve gotten calls on," Murray told the team website. "Some aren’t realistic at all, but we have got calls on guys that we’re not going to trade and listen to, and said no thanks."
Murray said his man focus is dealing unrestricted free agents, a list that features Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak and Henrik Tallinder.
"You get anxious," Murray said, "whether you’re buying or selling, if you know you’re going to be involved. You get anxious and you think it’s going to be like Christmas morning and you find out every year it’s not that way. It’s reality and it takes time and it takes homework, and you’ve got to be very patient."