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October 23, 2017 | 11:27am ET
Sabres continue to listen on trades

The Buffalo Sabres are quietly exploring the trade market in an attempt to strengthen their roster, including their defensive corps.

Sabres GM Jason Botterill has been fishing since the off-season to bolster his blueline, led by Rasmus Ristolainen.

The Sabres did acquire blueliners Marco Scandella and Nathan Beaulieu this past summer, but Botterill is weighing his options. The team is also without injured defensemen Zach Bogosian and Justin Falk, neither of whom have played a game yet this season, and Josh Gorges.

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has been dangled in the trade market since the off-season, and appears to have resurfaced in the early-goings of this season, as reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman last week.

Reinhart, 21, has two goals and one assist in nine games with the Sabres so far.

While the Sabres have made him available, they are not trying to ship him out of town for the sake of doing so. It's believed the Sabres would be willing to package Reinhart in a larger move for an "impact player," regardless of position, an Eastern Conference source told TFP.

Meanwhile, the Sabres have discussed internally the possibility of signing left wing Evander Kane to a contract extension, though it's unclear if management has had any meaningful discussions with Kane's agent, to date.

Kane, 26, is in the final-year of his contract, which comes with a $5.25 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.


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