Sabres Trade Deadline Timeline/Recap

A quiet morning at the helm of Sabres GM Tim Murray quickly transitioned into a furry of UFAs, and one RFA, scattering to different teams throughout the league as the 3 P.M. trade deadline approached. Below is a timeline of all the trades that transpired today. Each trade has been confirmed as official from the Buffalo Sabres organization and are considered done deals.

10:51 A.M.- Sabres trade forward Brian Flynn traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a 5th round pick in 2016.

1:39 P.M.- Sabres trade goaltender Michal Neuvirth traded to the New York Islanders for a 3rd round pick in 2016 and Islanders backup goaltender Chad Johnson.

2:56 P.M.- Sabres trade forward Torrey Mitchell traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Jack Nevins and a 7th round pick in 2016.

3:06 P.M.-Sabres trade forward Chris Stewart to the Minnesota Wild for a 2nd round pick in 2017.

3:50 P.M.- Sabres report that trades are completed and phone calls in Tim Murray’s office have ended.

6:13 P.M.- Tim Murray addresses the media and concludes the busy Trade Day 2015.

So there it is, folks. At the end of the day, the Sabres traded four players and received 4 picks and 1 player in return. With Neuvirth, Mitchell, and Stewart being UFAs, there is still a chance for Murray to reacquire the pieces he departed with today. But from what he had to say today, it is looks as if today was just a step in establishing a stronger hockey team in Buffalo.

“We just acquired future assets, future that’s how we made the team better,” Murray said. “We are in 30th place, our time is the future and today we added assets for the future.”

As of today, the Sabres have acquired the following picks:
2015: 2 first-round picks, 2 second-round picks
2016: 1 first-round pick and 1 second-round pick
2017: 1 first-round pick and 2 second-round picks

With the assets piled up, Murray will go to work this summer in talking trades and trying to acquire free agents, especially in the terms of a tendy for his team.

“There are some potential free agents and trades in the summertime,” Murray added to the talk about the assets he acquired today. “I’ve talked to a couple teams about young backups/core starters in this league this year that may come available in the summertime. It wasn’t the right time and we couldn’t come up with the right assets to make that deal today.”

With a young pool of potential goaltenders in the organization, could Murray focus his summertime moves on San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi? The 31 year-old Niemi is a UFA at the end of this season and won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10 NHL season.  Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports

With a young pool of potential goaltenders in the organization, could Murray focus his summertime moves on San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi? The 31 year-old Niemi is a UFA at the end of this season and won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10 NHL season. 

Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports

With Murray’s work done as far as Trade Deadline 2015 goes, there is still hockey left to play. With Flynn, Stewart, and Mitchell no longer a part of this Sabres team and forward Tyler Ennis expected to return to the team for tomorrow night’s game, there is now two spots that will need to be filled by players from down on the farm in Rochester. Murray told the media that he does know who the two players will be but did not comment on exactly who it will be due to paper work that still needed to be filed.

From today’s morning skate, this is what the lineup looked like before the trades. Names in parentheses are players that are no longer on the team following today’s trades.

Forwards
Moulson-(Mitchell)-Gionta
(Stewart)-Foligno-Ennis
Larsson-Varone-Deslauriers
Hodgson-Ellis-Dalpe

Defenseman
Benoit/Bogosian
Zadorov/Meszaros
Weber/Ristolainen/Strachan

(Neuvirth)/Lindback

As always, stay tuned to The Herd Report for continued updates tomorrow leading up to the 7:30 puck drop at Amalie Arena as the Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.