Matt Moulson is the first move. There is no doubt more will follow.
With the Sabres sitting at the bottom of the NHL at 6-17-4, a shake-up is sure to come in Buffalo. Monday's decision to waive Matt Moulson is the start.
"When you don't win they're going to dismantle," center Ryan O'Reilly told The Buffalo News on Monday. "I've seen it before. It's frustrating. It's tough. There's so many good guys here that we have great relationships with, and when you don't win changes are made. That's how it goes."
The departure of Moulson won't have a huge effect on the ice – he had no points in 14 games and was scratched in 13 others – but it should serve as a wake-up call to Buffalo's slumping roster.
"He's not the reason why we're losing hockey games, and that's what happens," O'Reilly said. "It's part of the game, and it's something you don't want to see. There's so many good guys in this dressing room that you don't want to see any of them leave. If we don't win, it's going to happen."
It would seem the only players safe from trade chatter are franchise center Jack Eichel and right wing Kyle Okposo, who has a no-movement clause. The rest should be worried until Buffalo assembles a roster that can win.
"It's on us," O'Reilly said. "We've got to start doing it for guys' careers, start winning just to keep this group together."