The Sabres made decisions that were long term in nature at Monday's NHL trade deadline.
That meant trading center Paul Gaustad to Nashville for a first round pick. That didn't sit well with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller who made his feelings known to sabres.com and other media after practice in Anaheim Tuesday.
"I'm not going to lie. I'm not too happy with the way that it all turned out. Like I said we don't make those decisions and there's more proof because if I had any more influence, Paul would still be here... I think you recognize that he was an important piece... And if you don't understand I'm not going to explain it. Because it's just too importantfor a hockey team I think. So it is a little frustrating in that regard."
Buffalo shipped Gaustad, a soon to be unrestricted free agent, along with a 2013 fourth round pick to Nashville in exchange for a first round pick this year.They also sent forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver in exchange for talented young center Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alex Sulzer.
Miller and Gaustad are longtime friends and broke into the NHL with the Sabres back in 2002.
In other trade related news, Hodgson and Sulzer flew to Buffalo from Phoenix after being traded to take physicals and deal with visa and work related issues. They flew to Los Angeles early Tuesday afternoon and we're told will be available to play Wednesday night at Anaheim.