COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New Sabres GM Tim Murray is on his first road trip with the team, starting tonight in Nationwide Arena and I just had a good update chat with him in the press box prior to warmups for the game against the Blue Jackets. We talked about a lot of topics for just 10 minutes time but I know what most of you want to ask. So here's the answer on pending UFAs Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson:
Murray has talked to all of them casually. He's getting a lot of "introductory" calls from other GMs but he's had the same message to each player.
"I've told them the same thing really and it was like, 'It's unfortunate you're going to see your name in the paper. That's just the nature of the game.' They're not young players. They've been around. They know the game. They know that this is part of it.
"I told them not to believe everything they read or everything they've heard on the sports channels. But certainly their names are in play and we'll see what happens but it doesn't guarantee they'll be moved at all. For me, it's all about return. These are good players. So if the return was up to a certain point and not great and we then decide we want to talk to them about staying, then that's an option too."