NOVEMBER 26, 2017 | 4:47pm ET
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MOULSON, GORGES ON THE OUTS IN BUFFALO?

 
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Matt Moulson, left wing

 
 

The Buffalo Sabres sit last in the Eastern Conference and they do not appear to be in a position to turn the tide any time soon.

Buffalo, who lost 3-0 Saturday night to the Montreal Canadiens, is believed to be contemplating plenty of changes to its roster, and moves could begin to go down in the not-too-distant future.

Several teams have already been calling about left wing Evander Kane, who is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next July, while Sabres GM Jason Botterill has reportedly been dangling forward Sam Reinhart for some time.

Given their poor start to the season, it may be in the Sabres' best interest to sell off some of its assets including Kane, though there are other pieces the team can look to move.

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges is also a pending UFA and is likely to be traded by the late-February trade deadline.

Gorges was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Edmonton Oilers, which caught the veteran blueliner off guard.

"You never want to be the guy that's on the sidelines," Gorges told the Buffalo News. "You want to be out there, and you want to continue to be out there. I won't say it's an easy situation, but it's one of those things that's the nature of the business that we're in. These decisions are out of my hands, so you do what you can and deal with the rest."

Gorges has a $3.9 million salary cap hit and a limited no-trade clause where he can list 15 teams he would accept a move to.

Another member of the Sabres may be coming to his end with the squad, as veteran winger Matt Moulson's time in Buffalo is diminishing.

Earlier this week, the Buffalo News reported on the matter, noting that Moulson could be traded or sent down to the AHL if his game doesn't improve. He has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $5 million salary cap hit.

"Yeah, I think it's hard to sometimes," Moulson told the News about trying to block out the speculation. "But I think once you start worrying about that, then you've got a little more problems than just hockey. I think you're at home thinking about a lot of things. Obviously you want to do well. I think any athlete that's competitive wants to do well in a team environment and personally.

"Once you start listening to everything else, I think that comes back to just knowing yourself and what you do. I think a lot of people say things that don't know what I do on a daily basis as a person. I don't really let that bother me. I think what my family thinks of me is probably the most important."

Botterill has plenty of questions coming at him and unless his team can perform better and climb out of the large hole they've already dug, the 'for sale' sign might be up quicker than normal in Buffalo.