BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sabres general manager Tim Murray intends to take a modest approach in free agency, targeting veteran role players to augment the team's young roster.
That makes former Sabres captain Steve Ott a candidate to return to Buffalo once the NHL's signing period opens Tuesday. And it was partly the reason behind the Sabres' decision to buy out the remaining seven years of defenceman Christian Ehrhoff's contract.
Murray says Monday that Ott is on his list of free-agent candidates, and added he's had preliminary discussions with the player's agent. Ott was traded by Buffalo in February as part of the deal that sent goalie Ryan Miller to St. Louis.
As for Ehrhoff, Murray said the defenceman was expendable because he wasn't interested in being part of Buffalo's rebuilding plan.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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