BUFFALO – With the NHL trade deadline five days away and rumors swirling, interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan has started greeting captain Steve Ott in a special way.
“You don’t want to make light of it, but every day I walk in and say, ‘Steve, you still here?’” Nolan joked this morning inside the First Niagara Center. “I talked to Tyler Myers on the ice today. His name popped up in the newspapers yesterday. I told him maybe it’s a compliment on his side because people want him.”
More names are starting to pop up, too. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff confirmed reports he has submitted a list of teams to the Sabres he would refuse a trade to.
“That’s true, yeah,” Ehrhoff said. “The Sabres asked me for my list. That’s part of the business (to) get ready for the trade deadline here. They want to be prepared.”
Ehrhoff, three seasons into a 10-year, $40 million contract, said he doesn’t “have bad feelings about it.”
“It doesn’t mean I will get traded (or) I don’t get traded,” he said.
In lineup news, center Tyler Ennis (general body soreness) skated this morning but will miss his second straight game, Nolan said. Center Zenon Konopka (finger) will return, so tough guy John Scott, a defenseman the last two games, will sit, Nolan said.
The Sabres, winners of two straight, haven’t won three games in a row all season.
“We’re learning not to quit, not to give up after a bad break, bounce or being down,” said Nolan, whose team blew a two-goal lead but rallied to beat Boston 5-4 in overtime Wednesday.