The Sabres have been one of the biggest surprises around the NHL in the early going this season. Instead of being on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, they have one of the top records in the league. With that in mind, some have wondered if Buffalo may want to start looking to add to their roster. In an appearance on WGR 550 (audio link), TSN’s Darren Dreger indicated that GM Jason Botterill isn’t engaged in any significant trade talks at the moment.
Instead, the organization in the short-term appears to be focusing on extension talks with pending UFA winger Jeff Skinner. It was reported last month that talks on a new deal would start sometime this month, but Dreger notes that the Sabres intend to slow play these discussions. Skinner is among the league leaders in goals this season and is positioned to land a substantial raise on his current $6 million salary.
Unlike some teams that are tighter to the salary cap, Buffalo has plenty of long-term flexibility. The team has just shy of $56 million committed for next season per CapFriendly with just 13 players under contract.