aPRIL 14, 2018 | 3:20PM ET
SABRES COULD MOVE O’REILLY THIS OFF-SEASON
Ryan O'Reilly, centre
The Buffalo Sabres are looking to make changes this summer, as GM Jason Botterill plans on being fairly active as he attempts to get his team back on track next season.
In his season-closing remarks this week, Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly made headlines when he admitted to losing the passion he’s held to play the game at times this season.
O’Reilly’s comments led to speculation the Sabres will try to move him this off-season, perhaps around the NHL Draft in late-June in Dallas.
Several teams are looking for help up the middle, including the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie revealed on Friday during an interview on TSN 690 in Montreal that the Sabres may have already been looking to trade him.
“Quite aside from his comments, he was one of the guys that I think they were thinking of trading anyways,” McKenzie said, adding that he would be a “godsend” to a team like the Canadiens.
Fellow TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger spoke on “The Instigators” on WGR in Buffalo on Friday following McKenzie’s comments and added that he believed the Sabres will certainly listen to offers for O’Reilly.
O'Reilly, 27, is in the middle of an eight-year, $64 million contract. He does not own any no-trade protection.