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July 27, 2012 | 10:51am ET
Sabres looking for ways to land Ryan

Although the Buffalo Sabres keep dreaming of acquiring coveted free agent Shane Doan, there are no guarantees that landing him will make the team a team Stanley Cup contender next season.

After missing the playoffs for the third time in the last five years, the Sabres' highest selling point relies on their new passionate owner Terry Pegula, who would love to add an offensive powerhouse to his lineup.

While Doan is could re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes or move to an established contender like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers or New York Rangers, the Buffalo News reveals that the Sabres could focus all of their attention on Anaheim Ducks sniper Bobby Ryan, who has been on the trade block for several weeks.

However, the News claims the Sabres are not willing to move left wing Tyler Ennis or many of their other young forwards, but could instead offer up some of their several defensemen, such as Andrej Sekera and Jordan Leopold or prospect Mark Pysyk.

According to the News, the Ducks would still demand one or two forwards in return for Ryan, who tallied 31 goals and 26 assists for 57 points in 82 games last season.

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