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Trades show Sabres the market for Kulikov, Franson

The Sabres have two defensemen who are pending unrestricted free agents. Buffalo now has a pretty good idea of what it can get for them.

Pittsburgh acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina on Thursday, the second trade involving pending UFA blue-liners. Calgary traded with Arizona for Mark Stone earlier this week.

Here are the breakdowns:

*The Coyotes received a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2018 for Stone. Arizona retained 50 percent of Stone’s $4 million salary.

The 26-year-old has one goal and 10 points in 46 games. In 325 career games, Stone has 24 goals and 97 points.

*Carolina picked up a second-round pick and forward Danny Kristo, a career minor-leaguer, for Hainsey. The Hurricanes retained half of Hainsey’s $2.83 million salary.

The 35-year-old has four goals and 14 points in 56 games. In 891 career games, Hainsey has 49 goals and 250 points.

Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson are pending UFAs who could draw interest from contenders. The Sabres can retain salary in three trades this season.

Slowed by a back injury, Kulikov has just one goal and two points in 34 games. The 26-year-old’s career numbers are better. He has 29 goals and 140 points in 494 games. He is finishing a $4.33 million deal.

The 29-year-old Franson has three goals and 16 points in 53 games. In 512 career games, he has 42 goals and 160 points. He is finishing a deal that pays $3.325 million.

The Sabres' bye week ends Friday night when they practice in Colorado. They play the Avalanche on Saturday and visit Arizona on Sunday.

The final game before Wednesday's trade deadline is Tuesday night when Nashville visits KeyBank Center.

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