Sabres end deadline day making just one trade

February 26, 2018

Joe DiBiase reporting

There were many Sabres' players rumored to be trade pieces at the trade deadline. At the end of the day, only one was shipped out. Evander Kane was sent to the San Jose Sharks for a conditionals 1st in 2019, a conditional 4th in 2020, and 24-year old winger Dan O'Regan. 

The likes of Josh Gorges, Benoit Pouliot, Victor Antipin, Robin Lehner, Zemgus Girgensons, among others had trade talk surrounding them for weeks. General manager Jason Botterill didn't end up trading any of them. Gorges and Pouliot will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Antipin and Lehner will be restricted free agents. Girgensons has a year left at $1.6 million. 

This makes just one total trade for the Sabres in the last two deadlines. Tim Murray made zero deals last year, which was very out of character for him. Many fans, this year, were expecting at least a few deals as Jason Botterill tries to remake this roster. Nothing the Sabres acquired today will be making a significant impact anytime soon. 

Lehner may be the most interesting of the players not traded today. Gorges and Pouliot are veterans who will probably be gone this offseason, while a decision needs to be made on Lehner. He'll need a new contract in the offseason. Botterill can either sign him to a long term deal involving a cap hit similar to the $4.5 million he gets now. Botterill could trade Lehner's rights to a team looking for a goalie. 

The Sabres' GM will be speaking with the media any moment on WGR.