If Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray has his way, the team will have multiple first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Buffalo Sabres currently holds the second-overall pick and right now, he plans to use that pick on June 27.
However, Murray said at his pre-draft press conference at First Niagara Center that he’s looking to move some assets to get back into the middle of that first round.
The Sabres are slated to pick three times in the second round at 31, 39 and 49.
“I have been trying hard to do that and the people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal,’” Murray said. “But I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back involved, whether it’s in the 20s or the teens.
“I just feel if I can get something in the 20s or teens, that maybe you can do something with that too. But I’m trying. I guess we’ll see come Draft Day if I have more than one.”
He’s also not against taking back a player with a large contract if it means receiving a first-round pick in the deal. That player wouldn’t necessarily be acquired for the sole purpose of buying him out, either.
“I would make a trade for a larger contract to get a first-round pick involved, yes. It’s still a trade. Every trade that every team makes, money is a consideration,” he said. “So I’m not going to say that I would just make that trade to buy the guy out. If that happens, it happens. I may take a contract on to play here. It would depend on the player.”
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