UPDATE: (9:50 a.m.) - In the middle of a busy start to his morning, Sabres GM Tim Murray briefly stepped out of the team's war room for a quick chat with Hockey Hotline host Kevin Sylvester.
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UPDATE: (10:15 a.m.) -
The Sabres are in Tampa, and were scheduled to practice at 2 p.m. at Amalie Arena. The practice has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. Sabres.com's Chris Ryndak will provide updates and any breaking news from Tampa.
UPDATE: (10:45 a.m.) -
As per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Sabres have traded Brian Flynn to Montreal for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 Draft. Moments after the news was broken, Flynn arrived at the arena in Tampa.
UPDATE: (11:04 a.m.) - Click here
to read the official release on the Brian Flynn trade to Montreal.
UPDATE: (11:25 a.m.) -
Brian Flynn spoke to the media in Tampa after finding out about the trade.On his career path and the trade
"I don’t think it’s all sunk in quite yet. I still haven’t even really talked to any of the guys in the locker room. I haven’t even been in there yet. I’ll definitely miss the guys here. I know it’s a good group of guys there because Gorgy and Gio came from there. They had nothing but good things to say so it was a weird path but I’m excited about where I’m at right now." His initial reaction to the trade
"I knew it was a possibility. Tim Murray’s pretty clear that anyone who’s a restricted or unrestricted free agent this year was up for grabs. It was surprising still when you get the call because it still doesn’t really sink in, I don’t think until right after.
"I’m really grateful for the opportunity I was given here. Going back to Darcy Regier, who brought me in , the coaching staff, Tim Murray, everyone here’s been so good to me. I’m going to miss the teammates for sure, all the trainers, everything. I love the organization. It was first class. But at the same time, I’m really excited for this opportunity that I have – to go to the team that’s first place in the East, maybe I have a chance – always when you have a chance to win, I’ll take the opportunity."On his expected role in Montreal
"I obviously don’t expect to go there and play the 20 minutes a night that I’ve been playing here. They’ve got a really deep lineup, a lot of good forwards, a lot of guys who can score. If I do play more of a defensive role or kill some penalties and things like that, whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I’m going to do."
UPDATE: (11:40 a.m.) -
Watch Flynn's full comments to the media in Tampa.
UPDATE: (11:43 a.m.) -
The Sabres are now on the ice for practice in Tampa, including potential trade targets Chris Stewart and Michal Neuvirth. Also participating in full is Tyler Ennis, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury. Ennis is skating on a line with Stewart and Marcus Foligno. -- CR
UPDATE: (11:50 a.m.) - AUDIO: ESPN's Craig Custance
joined the guys on Hockey Hotline for a quick update.
UPDATE: (12:45 p.m.) -
Sabres forward Tyler Ennis says his groin injury has healed, and he will play against Tampa on Tuesday night. -- CR
UPDATE: (1:15 p.m.) -
Watch Ted Nolan's post-practice media availability from Tampa today.
UPDATE: (1:20 p.m.) -
Chris Ryndak spoke to Tyler Ennis and Brian Gionta following today's practice:ENNIS
On Flynn as a Teammate:
"A great guy. I’m obviously friends with him so it’s tough to see him go. He’s a very, very good player. I think he’s got all the capabilities of being a great player. He was probably our most underrated player. He does everything – penalty kill, power play, played center. He’ll be missed."GIONTA
On Dealing With Uncertainty:
"It was tough. It’s something new for myself, obviously, being in the situation we’re in. Normally when you’re in the hunt and you have a chance, there’s not going to be too many moves but today’s a little more anxious seeing guys you’ve been teammates with for a long time possibly going out the door."On Today’s Practice:
"You just have to be as professional as you can. It’s another work day. I’m sure it was hard on some guys, but at the same time you have to try and focus. We still have a goal in mind and that’s preparing ourselves for tomorrow night."On Flynn Being Traded:
"It’s a tough guy to lose. He’s a great player for us, great in the room, very versatile for us. It’s a tough loss but he’s going to fit in well in Montreal. It’s going to be a good fit for him." On Playing in Montreal:
"It’s a unique place to be. Obviously you have to have the right mindset, but a guy like him, he’s not going to have a problem."
UPDATE: (1:38 p.m.) -
Sportsnet is reporting the Sabres have traded Michal Neuvirth to the NY Islanders for goaltender Chad Johnson.
UPDATE: (2:57 p.m.) -
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Torrey Mitchell has been traded to Montreal. The return in the deal hasn't been announced.
UPDATE: (3:06 p.m.) -
The 3 p.m. ET deadline has officially come and gone, but news is still trickling in. This includes Sportsnet's report of Chris Stewart headed to Minnesota.
UPDATE: (4:09 p.m.) - Click here
to read the official release regarding Buffalo's acquisition of Chad Johnson in exchange for Michal Neuvirth.
UPDATE: (4:17 p.m.) - Click here
to read the official release announcing the Torrey Mitchell trade to Montreal.
UPDATE: (4:35 p.m.) -
Chris Ryndak spoke with Torrey Mitchell before he left for the Tampa Airport: On being able to play in his hometown of Montreal:
"A lot of excitement, just going to my hometown and then you’re going from the last-place team to one of the best teams that’s going to have a chance to win the Cup. I get to be a part of that and so does Brian Flynn so we’re both equally excited." On walking to the arena with Brian Flynn this morning when Flynn found out he was traded:
"I was with him when he found out. It was sort of an awkward situation. I wished him luck and then about three hours later, he was sending me texts saying, ‘Are we going to be linemates?’ It was a good situation for me and I’m excited obviously that Tim Murray was able to put that together for me."
UPDATE: (4:38 p.m.) -
Michal Neuvirth met with the media once the news of his trade to the Islanders broke.
UPDATE: (5:03 p.m.) - Click here
to read the official release of Buffalo's final trade of the day, that saw Chris Stewart dealt to Minnesota.
UPDATE: (5:40 p.m.)
Sabres.com caught up with Chris Stewart at the team hotel before he left for Minnesota:
On getting through the deadline and going to Minnesota:
Relief’s the best way to put it. It’s been a stressful day. When it kind of hit 3 o’clock there and nothing happened, I got really nervous and anxious. I’m just ready to put it behind me and I’m excited to go to a team that has a chance to play in the Stanley Cup and the playoffs and a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Whatever they need me to do, I’d be willing to do it.
On the impact he may have had on his teammates:
I’d like to think I’ve had a good one. I think my teammates have spoken highly of me and I’ve made some good friendships and good relationships on this team in the short year I’ve been here. I’ve said it since Day One. I’ve been proud to wear the Sabre, to be a Sabre and I wore it with pride. It’s been a first-class organization from the get-go and they’ve really treated me and my family [well] and took us in with open arms. That’s something I’ll never forget.
UPDATE: (6:26 p.m.) Watch Tim Murray's Full Press Conference:
UPDATE: (6:38 p.m.) What did SabresTV's Rob Ray think of today's moves? Watch now: