The lack of NHL trade activity has surprised Tim Murray. Judging by the candid comments from the Sabres’ general manager Tuesday night, things won’t be quiet much longer.

That’s especially true in Buffalo, where the kindling is in place and a fire sale is ready to ignite. Ryan Miller and Steve Ott should keep their cellphones close.

The trade deadline is a week from today, and Murray is ready to deal. In fact, it’s his option of choice in regards to Miller.

“Our goal right now, I think on both sides, is to pursue a proper trade,” Murray said before the Sabres’ 3-2 victory over Carolina in First Niagara Center on a late goal by Christian Ehrhoff.

Miller’s exit has been forecast for the better part of a year, but it has never seemed so inevitable.

“I know they’re kind of looking around for opportunity,” Miller said. “I think that’s probably best for everybody.”

Re-signing with the Sabres is not Miller’s first option, and Murray doesn’t plan to discuss contract extensions with any of his pending free agents.

“The route we’re looking at is to get value for him, to put him in a position to succeed,” said Murray, who called the goaltender a “good soldier” during his 12 seasons in Buffalo. “Players that treat you right and have played well and hard for you over the years, you try to do what’s best for them, too, as long as it fits into what you’re doing.

“By trading Ryan to a contender, a good team that is maybe lacking only his position, I think that we’ve certainly not done a disservice to him and we’ve helped the organization in our own right.”

Murray said he’s had conversations with more than two teams and less than 10 about Miller, who made 36 saves and was named First Star in potentially his final appearance with the Sabres. There were 28 scouts from 22 teams on the seating chart for Tuesday’s game, including representatives from St. Louis, Washington and Minnesota, three oft-mentioned suitors of Miller.