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Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Demers (55) helps defend the net as Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) stops a shot by Buffalo Sabres left wing William Carrier (48) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

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Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) stops a shot by Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

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Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) acknowledges the fans after he scored his third point of the game against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. Jagr tied Mark Messier for 2nd place overall in NHL scoring with 1,887 points. The Panthers defeated the Sabres 4-3 in a shoot out. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

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Buffalo Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly (90) battles Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) blocks the shot of Buffalo Sabres' Matt Moulson (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel (15) looks to pass the puck as Carolina Hurricanes' Lee Stempniak (21) gives chase during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson (31) dives back toward the net to block the shot of Carolina Hurricanes' Victor Rask (49) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Carolina Hurricanes' Jay McClement (18) moves the puck around Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane (9) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (22) skates prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) and New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) gets ready for a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. Eichel was helped off the ice after hurting his left leg during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. he was in front of the net when he got tangled up with a defensemen and his leg buckled beneath him. The injury occurred a day before the Sabres open the season hosting the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, of Finland, attempts a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. The Sabres have signed Ristolainen just in time for the start of the season. The team announced Ristolainen signed a six-year, $32.4 million contract on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, two days before Buffalo opens the season hosting the Montreal Canadiens. Ristolainen was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained by the Sabres in June. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, of Finland, attempts a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. Sabres general manager Tim Murray tells The Associated Press he doesn't believe Ristolainen's decision to join the team for practice without a contract will have any effect on thawing negotiations. Ristolainen is a restricted free agent whose rights were retained by the Sabres in June. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

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Buffalo Sabres' Josh Gorges (4), Marcus Foligno (82), Evander Kane (9) and Ryan O'Reilly (90) celebrate a goal by Kane as Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban (76) reacts during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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Florida Panthers left winger Jonathan Huberdeau (11) skates away with the puck after a battle along the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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Buffalo Sabres left winger Nicolas Deslauriers (44) eyes Washington Capitals center Michael Latta (46) during a fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday Dec. 28, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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Buffalo Sabres left winger Marcus Foligno (82) deflects the puck on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth (1), of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Lindback (35) catches the puck as teammate defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) knocks Dallas Stars right wing Patrick Eaves (18) off his feet during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 23, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Washington Capitals' Joel Ward (42) and Eric Fehr (16) battle for the puck with Buffalo Sabres' Marcus Foligno (92) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 16, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)