As Sabres fans know from experience, teams that aren't in contention near the trade deadline sell off their assets. A lack of results this season means Buffalo will be a seller again, General Manager Tim Murray told ESPN.com.
"The approach is the same," Murray said in a story posted Wednesday. "We’re in 29th place. I do stress that we think we’ve improved greatly everywhere but in the standings."
The standings, of course, are what matter. The Sabres moved to 17-22-4 with Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota, but they are just four points up on 30th and nine points back of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
It will make the Sabres sellers at the deadline for the fourth straight year. They traded Jason Pominville in 2012-13, Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in 2013-14 and Chris Stewart, Jhonas Enroth and others in 2014-15.
The trade deadline this season is Feb. 29. Sabres who will be unrestricted free agents this summer are Jamie McGinn, Mike Weber, Chad Johnson, David Legwand and Carlo Colaiacovo, while pending restricted free agents include Johan Larsson, Marcus Foligno and Zemgus Girgensons.
"This is the process," Murray told ESPN. "If I can acquire younger assets or future assets for some of our veterans, especially veterans on expiring contracts, I’m going to pursue that for sure."