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January 16, 2014 | 12:03pm ET
Sabres look to make moves by deadline
TheFourthPeriod.com

The last place Buffalo Sabres, with new-GM Tim Murray now running the show, are looking to shake things up by the March 5 trade deadline.

Left wing Matt Mouslon and center Steve Ott are two names that are reportedly being thrown around in trade talks.

Acquired by the Sabres in October in exchange for Thomas Vanek, Mouslon has racked up nine goals and 11 assists in his 29 games with the Sabres.

Rumored destinations for the winger so far include the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings. It's believed the Anaheim Ducks were taking a look at Moulson on Wednesday night in Toronto, where the Sabres lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Maple Leafs.

The Kings have vocalized their need for increased production on the left wing, while Ottawa and Phoenix have shown interest in acquiring a veteran forward.

The cost for Moulson could be considerable, though, and his unrestricted free agent status at the end of the season could be considered a deterrent.

Moulson isn't the lone Sabre being mentioned in trade discussions. Pending unrestricted free agent Steve Ott is also a contender to be shopped by Buffalo. Possible destinations could include the Vancouver Canucks or Detroit Red Wings, who are looking for some help up the middle.

In return, the Sabres could acquire a young player or a draft pick.

Re-signing Ott by the end of the season is also being reported as an alternative possibility.

Ott is currently in his final year of a four-year, $11.8 million contract. The centerman has a total of five goals and eight assists so far this year with the Sabres.


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