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Sabres trade G Biron to Flyers; acquire C Zubrus, G Conklin

Sabres trade G Biron to Flyers; acquire C Zubrus, G Conklin

The Buffalo Sabres were busy at the National Hockey League trade deadline, with the acquisition of Lithuanian forward Dainius Zubrus from the Washington Capitals topping the three trades they completed Tuesday.
The Sabres also dealt backup goalie Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick. Buffalo then acquired Columbus Blue Jackets' backup goalie Ty Conklin for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft.
In the deal for Zubrus, a consistent offensive forward, Buffalo also landed Swiss defenseman Timo Helbling. The Sabres dealt Czech forward Jiri Novotny, who's ready to return from a high ankle sprain, and a first-round pick to the Capitals.
Novotny, Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2001 draft, was enjoying a solid first full NHL season. He had six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 50 games. Novotny had missed the past three games after aggravating an ankle injury.
The moves came as the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres prepare for their playoff run by bolstering an injury-depleted lineup that's missing eight regulars, including Tim Connolly, who had sat out the entire season following a concussion.
Zubrus was the key acquisition for Buffalo. A 10-year NHL veteran, he's third among Capitals scorers with 20 goals and 52 points _ five short of matching a career high set last season _ in 60 games.
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Associated Press Sports Writers Dan Gelston in Philadelphia and Rusty Miller in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.