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
So the Sabres have dealt Kane, haven't moved Pouliot, and all else is quiet as of now... Have to wonder about depth D and goalies but man...— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) February 26, 2018
3:20 PM EST
So no Buffalo.
Canadiens acquire defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild, in return for a 5th round pick in 2019 (previously acquired from Washington). #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2018
3:17 PM EST
Not sure if you are fluent in French but Pouliot isn’t going anywhere.
Benoit Pouliot demeure avec les Sabres.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 26, 2018
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
2:56 PM EST
Botterill was never offered anything but conditional first round picks. That's why he waited.— Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) February 26, 2018
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.
That condition tells me that it was the only form of a first round pick that was offered for Kane.— Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) February 26, 2018
2:34 PM EST
Further details are coming out regarding the Kane / San Jose deal.
Here's the condition of the first-round 2019 pick in the Evander Kane deal: if the Sharks re-sign Kane, it's a first; but if Kane walks into free agency, it's a second-round pick in 2019— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 26, 2018
2:32 PM EST
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
More details on Evander Kane trade, Sabres get 2019 conditional first-round pick, Dan O'Reagan and a 2020 4th Rd pick— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 26, 2018
2:15 PM EST
Kane to SJ for a first, prospect and conditional 4th— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 26, 2018
2:12 PM EST
No extension for Evander Kane in San Jose. Rental. Details TBD.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2018
2:11 PM EST
San Jose closing in on a deal for Evander Kane.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2018
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.
A 5th team… No formal offers. Still playing out. https://t.co/QUmmeh7QcE— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) February 26, 2018
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.
Wild sitting on a couple offers for defenseman Mike Reilly but nothing done there yet. No guarantee he's moved.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 26, 2018
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
Four teams currently in on Kane (via my secret Sabres twitter guy that’s never wrong)— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) February 26, 2018
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.
Per someone who was paying more attention to practice than myself, Murray left after a puck struck his mask.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) February 26, 2018
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.
That was a frantic 25 minutes. pic.twitter.com/CkjdFFr18G— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) February 26, 2018
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?
CAL claims Chris Stewart— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 26, 2018
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.
Insider Yost indicates Flames still talking shop with the Sabres of Buffalo. There's a lot of possibilities here, but if it happens, say goodbye to one of the 4D prospects we've grown to love so dearly. https://t.co/TJWeGXP5fN— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) February 26, 2018
11:22 AM EST
Travis Yost reported on the Calgary Flames potential interest in Evander Kane yesterday. Looks like talks have continued there.
Think these conversations have continued in last 24 hours. Again, multiple names could be in play here.— Travis Yost (@travisyost) February 26, 2018
11:20 AM EST
An update from the AP’s John Wawrow.
Not sure where this Lehner has asked #Sabres for a trade talk is coming from.— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) February 26, 2018
11:13 AM EST
TSN is currently discussing Evander Kane. WGR 550’s Brayton Wilson gave us the best round-up.
Darren Dreger on TSN just said that a hold up on the #Sabres trading Evander Kane is the asking price. Teams are interested, but it's yet to be determined if anyone is offering a 1st round pick. Western teams are the ones more interested.— Brayton J. Wilson (@BJWilsonWGR) February 26, 2018
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.
#Sabres made a deal by acquiring Paula's Donuts for the gathered media.— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) February 26, 2018
10:50 AM EST
No early peeks at potential changes for the Sabres.
Reminder that #Sabres have a CBA off day today. So no watching practice and seeing if somebody gets called off the ice.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) February 26, 2018
10:40 AM EST
The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly OUT on Evander Kane.
Forget that Kane stuff. ... Penguins are not in on Kane, team source confirms.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) February 26, 2018
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.
Other thing to ponder today for #Sabres: Assuming they trade Kane and Pouliot and with CJ Smith injured, who the heck plays left wing Wednesday in Tampa? Need bodies.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) February 26, 2018
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.
There is still an expectation that he will be dealt...but the price won't be as high as expected. https://t.co/zaBmdiu5HV— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 26, 2018
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.
Believe Columbus has traded for Ian Cole— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 26, 2018
9:39 AM EST
Friedman wonders if the Jets might be interested in both Antipin and Pouliot.— Dave Davis (@DaveDavisHockey) February 26, 2018
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.
As far as I am aware there are at least two more teams that have expressed interest. https://t.co/EqEiu6Qyv3— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) February 26, 2018
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
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
Yes - 1st Rd pick & more (a la Nash)
Yes - 2nd Rd pick & more (a la Grabner)
No - price is set too high
No - GMBot plans to re-sign him
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?
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.
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