NHL Trade Deadline: Sabres stand pat on deadline day

Who's leaving town after a disappointing stretch for Buffalo?

Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9)celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammate Marcus Foligno (82) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 2017 NHL Trade Deadline was at 3 p.m. today and the Buffalo Sabres were expected to be sellers, not buyers, to the disappointment of the team and to coach Dan Bylsma.

“Our goal the last 25 games was to put ourselves in a position to add,” Bylsma said Wednesday. “The last three losses have been the most disappointing in that regard.”

The Sabres made no moves, but were expected to trade unrestricted free agents Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson.

Sabres GM Tim Murray addressed the media after the deadline passed.

The general manager said that it was important to honor Brian Gionta’s wish to stay here.

He received calls about Evander Kane but was not actively trying to trade him, he says. Murray is open to having contract talks with Kane this summer “if some of the off-ice stuff goes away.”

On the fact that the Sabres made no trades, Murray said he was “very disappointed.”

“We still have to show this market we are improving and want to be a good hockey club.”

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