The trade deadline came and went ... but no Buffalo Sabres went.
The Sabres didn't make any deadline deals Wednesday. On a slow day throughout the NHL, Buffalo either failed or declined to move rentals such as Dmitry Kulikov, Cody Franson and Brian Gionta.
Several defensemen with expiring contracts have switched teams in recent days, but interest was minimal on Kulikov and Franson.
Franson has three goals and 17 points in 56 games. He trails only Rasmus Ristolainen in production from the blue line.
Kulikov has just one goal and two points in 37 games. Acquired in Buffalo’s biggest deal of last summer, he suffered a back injury during his opening preseason game and never got on track.
Gionta had professed a desire to stay.
Coach Dan Bylsma said following the morning practice that his team's mindset would remain the same regardless of any deals.
"Our approach as a group and as a team is we’re trying to win hockey games here, and we’re trying to win every game we’re in," Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. "That’s not going to change regardless of the situation."