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Sabres' Murray talking with agents about free agency, including reps for Ott, Moulson (with POLL)

By John Vogl

PHILADELPHIA -- While the NHL Draft is at the forefront, this year's selection show coincides with the free agency discussion period. General managers and agents can discuss the broad parameters of contracts for this year's crop of unrestricted free agents. It allows both sides to get a jump on the July 1 signing frenzy.

While Buffalo isn't expected to make a splash in free agency, GM Tim Murray has been taking advantage of the discussion time.

"I had meetings with agents noon till 7 yesterday, so I think I’m doing what everyone else is doing," Murray said today. "It’s no different. It’s just talking in generalities, ‘Would you have interest in our client?’ We’ll find out on July 1."

Murray said he's talked with the agents for Steve Ott and Matt Moulson, who played for the Sabres this season before being traded.

"I have talked about them up to this point," the GM said. "I have talked to both of their agents."

While a return of either player is unclear, the Sabres need to hand out big contracts in order to get to the salary cap floor. The cap has not yet been established.

"I can’t imagine that each guy I talked to yesterday that all their clients want to come to Buffalo, but they’re doing their job," Murray said. "Where are we from team one to 30 on their list as far as wanting to make Buffalo a destination? I don’t know."


Matt Moulson | Steve Ott
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