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BUFFALO, N. Layvin Kurzawa Jersey .Y. - General manager Tim Murray decided defenceman Christian Ehrhoff and his hefty contract did not fit in his long-term vision for rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres. Former Sabres captain Steve Ott, on the other hand, just might. Fresh off clearing Buffalos books of the remaining seven years of Ehrhoffs contract, Murray is targeting veteran role players to augment his teams young roster once the NHLs free-agency period opens Tuesday. "Id like to acquire a couple of veteran guys who can play the game, but can also show our kids how to be pros," Murray said Monday. "So Im going to focus on at least two of those guys." And that makes Ott a candidate to return to Buffalo after he was part the Sabres trade that also sent goalie Ryan Miller to St. Louis in February. Murray said Ott is on the teams list of free-agent candidates, and added hes had preliminary discussions with the players agent. Ott was expendable at the time of the trade because he was in the final year of his contract. Murray, who spoke highly of Otts leadership ability before the trade, was careful to make sure Ott left on good terms by dealing him to a contender. As for Ehrhoff, who signed a 10-year, $40 million contract three years ago, Murray said the defenceman wasnt interested in being part of the teams rebuilding process. The way Ehrhoffs contract was structured was another factor. Under NHL rules, the Sabres would have faced a significant salary-cap penalty if Ehrhoff retired before the final year of his deal. "This seemed to be the best course of action for us to move on, be out from under that contract," Murray said. "And now we dont have to worry about it. Now we just have to focus on rebuilding, bringing in good young players and get going here." Murray, who took over in January after Darcy Regier was fired, is taking a patient approach to rebuilding a team that is coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Buffalo (21-51-10) finished last in the NHL standings, set a franchise record for losses and established a post-NHL-expansion-era low by scoring just 150 goals. Murray has set his sights on rebuilding through youth, a process that continued at the NHL draft last weekend. The Sabres made nine picks, starting with playmaking centre Sam Reinhart at No. 2 overall. Buffalo is scheduled to have three first-round picks in next years draft, which leaves Murray preaching patience. "We all want to speed things up. As soon as we got (Reinhart), I said I wish it was 2016. But its not. And you have to do it properly," Murray said. "Its not easy. Its hard. It takes a long time. And I think that were on the right track." Aside from convincing free agents to buy into his rebuilding plan, Murrays other challenge is upping the Sabres payroll to the NHL salary cap minimum of $51 million. The Sabres are currently at about $30 million after buying out Ehrhoff and the final three years of underperforming forward Ville Leinos contract two weeks ago. Murray is confident the Sabres will reach the cap minimum before the start of the season, and can do so without handcuffing the teams salary structure with expensive long-term contracts. "Im not worried about the floor," Murray said, and then broke into a smile while pointing to a reporter. "Ill sign you if I have to." The Sabres have extended qualifying offers to retain the rights of a number of restricted free agents, including centres Tyler Ennis and Luke Adam, forward Marcus Foligno, defenceman Chad Ruhwedel and goalie Matt Hackett. Defenceman Jamie McBain will become an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres did not extend him and offer. Maxwell Jersey . Kevin Martin and Kevin Love paced the Timberwolves like they do so often. Martin had 27 points with some key baskets down the stretch, Love had his usual double-double, and the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory Saturday night over the suddenly slipping Dallas Mavericks. Kylian Mbappe Jersey .J. -- While Martin Brodeur wasnt willing to say he stole one for the New Jersey Devils against the Columbus Blue Jackets, almost everyone else was. http://www.psgsoccershop.com/c-30-remy-descamps-paris-saint-germain-fc-jersey.aspx . Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at the Friendly Confines.Whered they play? Met CenterWhen they were active? 1967-93Playoff appearances: 17Stanley Cup Victories: 0Teams overall record: 2062 GP – 758 W- 970 L - 334 T (.449 winning percentage)Most goals: Brian Bellows 342Most assists: Neal Broten 547Most points: Neal Broten 796Notable players: Neal Broten (1980-93), Brian Bellows (1982-92), Dino Ciccarelli (80-89), Bobby Smith (1978-1993), Craig Hartsburg (1979-89), Brad Maxwell (1977-87), Mike Modano (1989-93) Tim Young (75-83), Fred Barrett (70-83), Gilles Meloche (1978-85), Cesare Maniago (1967-75) and John Casey (97-93).Best Jersey: To me the North Stars logo and colors were classic, like these jerseys the North Stars wore from 1981-88.(Image via NHL Uniforms) Worst Jersey: While I dont think the jerseys are particularly ugly, the fact the North Stars new 1991 logo foreshadowed its impending move puts these North Stars jerseys in this grouping.(Image via NHL Uniforms)Best goalie masks:Jon Casey:(Image via Third String Goalie)Gilles Meloche(Image via THC Vintage Mask)Cesare Maniago(Image via Third String Goalie)Best moustache: Dennis Maruk(Image via The Hockey Legendz)Best/Worst mullet: Mike Modano (Image via Third String Goalie)Did you know? The teams biggest margin of victory in a single game in franchise history was 13 goals when the North Stars defeated the Winnipeg Jets 15-2.(Image via Sarasota Herald-Tribune)Do they have a goal song? Yes. Like many teams they used Gary Glitters Rock and Roll.Biggest fight: Check out this sweet brawl between the Bruins and North Stars.The announcement of the teams impending move:Plus the final minute for the North Stars at the Met Center:Last game: April 15, 1993. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Minnesota North Stars 5-3.Captain: Mark Tinordi(Image via Classic Auctions)Whyd the move? The team had poor attendance, they couldnt secure a new arena and owner Norm Green was facing an ultimatum from his wife to move the team after a sexual assault lawsuit. After failing to move the team to Anaheim, the NHL said Green could move his team wherrever he wanted. Marco Verratti Jersey. He eventually moved to Dallas where the team became the Stars.Check out the video of their opening ceremonies..What does a former player have to say?Todd Elik(Image via Trading Card DB)What was it like to play in Minnesota?It was great; its a hockey town. High school hockey is big there. They were great fans.What was your North Stars experience like?I got traded there from L.A. and they just went to the finals the year before against Pittsburgh, so I was coming into a team that was kind of the same. I was just trying to find my role it was great because they had a lot of great players there.What were some of your best experiences playing there?Getting to play on a line for quite a bit with Mike Modano. Played with some great players in Dave Gagner and Ulf Dahlen. What was it like to play with Modano when he was entering his prime?It was fun. I mean just watching him fly. To be a teammate of his was great because he was such a great player and great guy. I also got to play with a great scorer in Brian Bellows.What did you think when the team moved to Dallas?I felt sorry for the city and for the fans because they wanted and expected the team to stay. You could actually feel it, you could sense that they were going to move because of the rumblings and rumors and the way things were going. The fans werent coming as much and you could just sense it.Do you think it was bizarre that a crazy hockey market like Minnesota had trouble drawing in fans?It was strange. High school and college hockey was so big and now with the Wild in the NHL. I have no answer, it was weird. The Met was a great stadium and it probably had the best ice.What do you think playing with the North Stars taught you for the rest of your career?Be good defensively because [coach] Bob [Gainey] wanted that. He made me a good all around player and defensively sound. 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