BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s the time of year when a select few members of the Buffalo Sabres have more to think about than hockey, when the possibility exists that they suddenly could have to move to a different city if traded to another team.
The NHL trade deadline is six days away, Monday, Feb. 29, and the Sabres are expected to be in talks with playoff contenders about swapping assets. Buffalo has a host of unrestricted free agents and could be looking for draft picks or prospects in return.
The timing isn’t ideal, as Buffalo heads to California for the remainder of the week to play three games against Western Conference foes.
“Some might be thinking, ‘Am I packing my bags for three days or for a lot longer?'” said Sabres coach Dan Bylsma.
“I’ve said it jokingly before but you’ll see a little bit of bigger suitcases on the plane,” said defenseman Mike Weber. “Just in case. It is what it is. That’s the business side of the game.”