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Sabres GM: Main focus was draft as trade talks go nowhere – for now

DALLAS -- Ryan O'Reilly is still on the Buffalo Sabres' roster. So is everybody else, at least for now.

The team made no trades of any NHL or AHL players during the NHL Draft this weekend but General Manager Jason Botterill said there was no shortage of discussions.

"We just didn't feel comfortable what was presented the last couple of days," Botterill said in American Airlines Center. "We'll see how things progress over the next week or two. Our main focus was the draft and we're very excited where we're at the last three days."

It's widely known the Sabres had extensive talks this week with Montreal about O'Reilly, and perhaps about acquiring Habs captain Max Pacioretty. The St. Louis Blues were also known to be pushing hard for O'Reilly -- who is owned a $7.5 signing bonus on July 1. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Sabres are much more likely to keep O'Reilly once they shell out that bonus.

"It's just very difficult to figure out," Botterill said. "Sometimes you think a lot of things make sense and things just don't come to fruition for different reasons."

Also from Botterill:

---For the record, the GM was asked if he was going to be in the interview process for New York Islanders center John Tavares and his answer was simple: "I don't anticipate being part of that process, no."

Tavares' camp is expecting to talk to five teams as part of free agency discussions although most observers expect him to stay in New York in the wake of the hiring of Barry Trotz as coach.

---He declined to discuss the Sabres' potential qualifying offers, which are due at 5 p.m. Monday.

---Asked about Sam Reinhart's qualifying offer, and talks on a possible bridge or long-term deal for the team's co-leader in goals last season, Botterill said: "Sam had a great second half and our discussion with (agent) Craig Oster and has his staff have been positive. I don't view it as a difficult situation at all. Hopefully we'll look at different structures in upcoming weeks and get something done."

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