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Oduya remains top target of Sabres GM: report

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Defenseman Johnny Oduya remains the primary target of Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray in his attempt to add a left-handed shot on the blue line.

"He hasn't signed anywhere yet, so I haven't moved on," Murray told the Buffalo News on Sunday. "We've looked at everybody we feel are going to need waivers. We're still talking trades with teams. We're still talking about a couple guys that are still out there, but there's no hurry."

Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, is expected to make a decision on whether to stay with the Chicago Blackhawks this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 33-year-old Swede won the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons in Chicago. He scored two goals and had 10 points and a plus-5 rating last season, and has 31 goals with 152 points in 664 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt from the Dallas Stars on Friday for forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns, but general manager Stan Bowman hasn't necessarily closed the door on re-signing Oduya.

"I'm not going to rule anything out or rule it in," Bowman said Friday. "It's still sort of a fluid situation. ??? We're getting closer to a point where we can say that this is officially our team, but we're not there yet."

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