BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Sabres general manager Tim Murray says he is talking to coach Ted Nolan about lifting his interim tag and working out an extension.
Murray also says the team is shopping goalie Ryan Miller, with the intention of dealing him before the NHL's trade deadline on March 5. Murray says he's received interest from more than two teams but less than 10 regarding Miller, but added it's too early to determine whether a deal can be made for the 11-year veteran.
While there's a chance the Sabres could resign the veteran netminder chances are slim that that is going to happen. "It's realistic, but it's not the route we're looking at right now," Murray said when asked about Miller's chances to resign. "What we're looking at is to get value for him and put him in a position to succeed." Murray said "I konw that we've had more than two teams call us about him . I don't know if they're kicking tires or if they're serious. But there has been interested from than two teams, less than ten teams so are they all serious ? I don't know I can't answer that."
Murray said veteran Steve Ott has generated plenty of interest. "Steve Ott is the type of player that I've looked for, for 21 years," Murray said. "The type of person, the type of player, the way he plays the game, the way he conducts himself, that's not the type of player that I want to trade away. That's the type of players I want to bring in. Unfortunately, he's at his age and he's an unrestricted free agent."
Murray spoke Tuesday night, minutes before the start of Buffalo's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
As for Nolan, Murray would only say the two sides have "discussed the possibility of moving forward."
Nolan was hired on an interim basis in November after Ron Rolston was fired.