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TradeCentre: Sunday's reports from around the NHL

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1/26/2014 11:20:59 AM
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The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value.

Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Murray in No Hurry

The Buffalo Sabres have the NHL's worst record as of Sunday and are expected to be one of the NHL's busiest clubs in the lead-up to the Mar. 5 deadline.

Veteran pieces such as Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson are widely rumoured to be available, but new Sabres general manager Tim Murray has told his vets not to buy into the hype too easily.

Murray told the Buffalo News: “I told them not to believe everything they read or everything they've heard on the sports channels. But certainly their names are in play and we'll see what happens but it doesn't guarantee they'll be moved at all.”

“For me, it's all about return. These are good players. So if the return was up to a certain point and not great and we then decide we want to talk to them about staying, then that's an option too.”

The Sabres are rich in draft picks already, owning nine picks over the first two rounds of the next two drafts. Buffalo also selected two players in the first round of both the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

Devil's Wings

The New Jersey Devils, who enter Sunday just a point out of the final wild card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, will likely be looking for a complementary forward for their big guns in their chase for the post-season.

Jaromir Jagr is on pace for his best season since returning from KHL exile in 2011-12, but Devils coach Peter DeBoer is looking for answers on first-line centre Travis Zajac's other wing and it could be left to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to find a solution.

“It's critical for us. We really like the chemistry on three of the four lines right now. And I like Zajac and Jagr together. We have to find a piece with them. We've tried some different guys. Josefson will get a chance tomorrow. We'll keep trying.

Taking a Flyer?

Philadelphia has lost seven of its last nine, leading the Philadelphia Inquirer to wonder if the team can keep pace in the Metropolitan Division or if a sell-off is lying in wait.

The coming Olympic break may offer salvation in the form of a forced refreshment period, but if it doesn't Philly may be forced to move – by addition or subtraction – in a hurry once trade business opens back up post-Sochi.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe speculates that if the Flyers go into sell mode, Andrej Meszaros could make a handsome fit on the Bruins' blue line with Dennis Seidenberg out for the year.

Ryan Miller (Photo: Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

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