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2018 NHL Trade Deadline: Open Thread

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Trade deadline closes at 3pm, how active are the Sabres going to be?

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3:35 PM EST

Evander Kane is the only player to be moved today.

3:30 PM EST

No word on Sabres a half hour after the deadline officially ended.

3:26 PM EST

3:20 PM EST

So no Buffalo.

3:17 PM EST

Not sure if you are fluent in French but Pouliot isn’t going anywhere.

3:15 PM EST

Trades rolling in fast. No Sabres news.

3:09 PM EST

McDonagh is headed to Tampa, Tatar to Vegas. No word on the Sabres yet.

3:04 PM EST

We are awaiting more Sabres deals or a confirmation that the Sabres are done. We’ll keep you posted.

3:00 PM EST

Pencils down.

2:56 PM EST


2:53 PM EST

2:50 PM EST

Ten minutes away.

2:47 PM EST

Old friend Thomas Vanek is headed to Columbus. Still waiting on more Sabres news.

2:45 PM EST

15 minutes away.

2:36 PM EST

Seems like Buffalo took best deal with highest potential pick made available.

2:34 PM EST

Further details are coming out regarding the Kane / San Jose deal.

2:32 PM EST

*deep breath*

We are less than 30 minutes away from the final buzzer.

2:28 PM EST

Chad has more on the Evander Kane trade to San Jose.

2:19 PM EST

2:15 PM EST

2:12 PM EST

2:11 PM EST


2:10 PM EST

50 minutes remain before the deadline is here - no Sabres updates.

2:00 PM EST

One hour left, no trades to speak of but time to tighten those seatbelts. Things are about to get crazy (we hope).

1:54 PM EST

Rumblings are now confirmed. Sabres looking to acquire a young defenseman.

1:51 PM EST

Arizona and Columbus made a very small minor league deal. That is how the day is progressing. One deal can change all of that.

1:47 PM EST

We’re pushing ever closer to the deadline. No movement yet, confirmation has come across that Kane’s suitors have jumped to five.

1:36 PM EST

1:29 PM EST

Appears the market is growing a little for Kane.

1:26 PM EST

Tying up a loose end from earlier, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom should be fine.

Stand down, Sabres trade seekers.

1:20 PM EST

Updating an earlier report. No strong confirmation that Buffalo has sent an offer but where there is smoke, there usually is fire.

1:15 PM EST

TSN is mocking 2022’s Canada Olympic roster. I’m going to grab a coffee.

(No Sabres updates)

1:10 PM EST


1:00 PM EST

We are two hours away from the trade deadline.

12:55 PM EST

12:49 PM EST

Trying to keep updates to at least every 10 minutes for y’all. No news on Buffalo.

12:39 PM EST

Might be OK to stand down on the Penguins goaltender front.

12:36 PM EST

No Sabres-related update yet but something of potential interest.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray left practice with an injury and is currently being evaluated.
  • Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom blocked a shot in practice and needed to be helped off the ice. Enstrom appeared quite upset as he left the ice, as shown on TSN.

Buffalo has both defensemen and goaltenders available, as you might be aware of.

12:29 PM EST

Our friends over at On The Forecheck sum up the last 25 minutes.

12:21 PM EST

More trades are rolling in. Still awaiting updates from Buffalo.

12:17 PM EST

Potential Evander Kane destination - the St. Louis Blues make a deal to send Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets.

Still nothing from the Buffalo Sabres.

12:11 PM EST

The waiver dust has settled and Ryan Hartman is headed to Nashville. We are getting comfortable in our chairs again.

12:06 PM EST

Looks like our second deal of the day involves Nashville and Chicago. Radio silence from Buffalo.

12:02 PM EST

Maybe this changes the market for Kane?

11:37 AM EST

11:35 AM EST

Potential update on Lehner.

11:25 AM EST

Our friends over at Matchsticks and Gasoline comment on the Flames / Kane rumors.

11:22 AM EST

Travis Yost reported on the Calgary Flames potential interest in Evander Kane yesterday. Looks like talks have continued there.

11:20 AM EST

An update from the AP’s John Wawrow.

11:13 AM EST

TSN is currently discussing Evander Kane. WGR 550’s Brayton Wilson gave us the best round-up.

11:08 AM EST

More on Lehner report.

11:06 AM EST

Something to keep an eye on.

11:00 AM EST

No trades to report - four hours remain until the deadline.

We are one hour away from finding out if Buffalo claimed any of the waived players from yesterday’s frantic barrage of moves.

10:52 AM EST

This is what we at Die By The Blade get for riding out the trade deadline at our home offices.

10:50 AM EST

No early peeks at potential changes for the Sabres.

10:40 AM EST

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly OUT on Evander Kane.

10:38 AM EST

Things are ice cold again but at least TSN is entertaining us.

10:23 AM EST

While we wait for trades (and lunch time), Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News gives us a good thought to chew on.

10:10 AM EST


10:07 AM EST

We’re getting that much closer to the deadline and talks don’t appear to be heating up just yet.

9:57 AM EST

Craig Custance of The Athletic reports that Buffalo could be hot on the trail of Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly. Minnesota “would like to replenish some of the draft picks that have exited the franchise via trade over the past couple years.”

9:49 AM EST

After sounding the panic alarm throughout Buffalo, John Shannon goes further on his Evander Kane point from earlier.

9:42 AM EST

While we await the first trade from the Buffalo Sabres today, take a look back at past trade deadlines with Melissa Burgess!

9:41 AM EST

Looks like we have our first NHL trade of the day. Now, we wait for the first Sabres deal of the day.

9:39 AM EST

9:16 AM EST

Reminder: if you see any current Sabres sent down today, remember that it is likely a paper move (unless otherwise stated). While Buffalo doesn’t have much of a shot this year, Rochester still has a very good chance of making the AHL playoffs.

9:12 AM EST

NHL Network’s EJ Hradek chimes in with his latest thoughts on a potential Evander Kane deal.

9:05 AM EST

A break in the action means we’ve got ourselves another cup of coffee!

No Sabres update at this point - Trade Deadline day is still ice cold.

8:41 AM EST

We have our first rumblings of Evander Kane not moving today.

8:37 AM EST

While we aren’t anticipating a Victor Antipin trade, we have a bit of an update on a potential market for his services.

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 did also state on air that he would be surprised to see Antipin moved. Hamilton feels the organization values Antipin.

8:30 AM EST

Radio silence from all trade fronts early this morning. Sportsnet reminded us of past Trade Deadline days and when we saw our first trades.

8:10 AM EST

We’re all fired up with TSN and Sportsnet feeds over here, awaiting the first deal of the day.


Who will get traded first?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Evander Kane
    (114 votes)
  • 14%
    Josh Gorges
    (40 votes)
  • 29%
    Benoit Pouliot
    (84 votes)
  • 15%
    (44 votes)
282 votes total Vote Now

8:00AM EST

Are the Sabres going to be able to trade Kane today? Has GMBot set the price too high? Will he have to cave in for less?

7:30 AM EST

All is quiet as everyone looks to be getting their first cups of coffee in for the day. TSN and Sportsnet’s individual coverages of the Trade Deadline begin in less than 60 minutes. Get ready for some trades!


Will the Sabres trade Evander Kane today?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Yes - 1st Rd pick & more (a la Nash)
    (130 votes)
  • 35%
    Yes - 2nd Rd pick & more (a la Grabner)
    (116 votes)
  • 19%
    No - price is set too high
    (62 votes)
  • 4%
    No - GMBot plans to re-sign him
    (15 votes)
323 votes total Vote Now

6:00 AM EST

Rise and shine! So what will this day bring us Sabres fans? Is GMBot going to be busy? Is Kane still going to be on the Sabres tonight? How about Girgensons and Gorges? And Lehner?

Sabres Tracker

Keep it on this thread right here as we follow Sabres’ stories throughout the day. All the trades getting done today are capture in the NHL Trade Tracker linked below.

What To Look Out For

Evander Kane has been linked with a trade all season long - we’ve heard rumours that GMBot was asking for too much for him, and that the market is now flooded with forwards - let’s see if the Sabres were right to hold on to their cards.

Veteran defenseman Josh Gorges has also been mentioned, likely he’ll go to a contender for future considerations. Zemgus Girgensons certainly bears the haunted look of a man who needs a fresh start elsewhere - will he get it?

And then there’s the question of enigmatic goaltender Robin Lehner - will GMBot try to regain some value for the Swede, or is he going to remain a Sabre?

Considering how awful they have been this season, we can expect the Buffalo Sabres to be sellers on the NHL’s Trade Deadline day today. Only problem is, what do we have on this roster that is worth anything?

That is the question General Manager Jason Botterill and Head Coach Phil Housley will be looking to answer and more in their first trade deadline with the Sabres.

How to Watch Free Agency Coverage

In USA: NHL Network

In Canada: Sportsnet and TSN


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