It’s time to find out if the Buffalo Sabres are ready for an immediate, franchise-altering rebuild.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. today, and the Sabres have significant decisions to make. They could begin a major overhaul by trading captain Jason Pominville. They could continue shipping out dependable veterans for draft picks. They could decide the offseason will be a more viable time to revamp a disappointing team.

“I’m not going to worry about it,” goaltender Ryan Miller said Tuesday after an impressive 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh, “because you really don’t know. You really don’t have a say in anything. … It’s one of those things where the players are definitely just chess pieces, and the general manager is shuffling and moving them around.

“Some years are more pressing than others. This year, obviously, expectations are high and we haven’t lived up to them, but like I’ve said before there’s still time in this season. We can write our own story here. We’re just going to worry about hockey and see where it falls.”

Much of today’s focus will be on Pominville. The captain has a modified no-trade clause, and he confirmed he’s supplied General Manager Darcy Regier with a list of eight teams to which he cannot be traded.

That leaves 21 organizations available to acquire one of Buffalo’s core players.

“Darcy has a job to do, and for him to be able to do that in my case and in guys that have these kinds of lists, for him to be able to listen he needs to know,” Pominville said in CONSOL Energy Center. “He said it awhile ago that he was going to listen on everyone, so I think it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that this came up.

“By no means does it mean I’m gone or stuff like that. I think it’s just part of the process. It’s a step that he has to do and he has to deal with. But again, it could happen, but would I be completely shocked if it didn’t? Probably not.”