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Sabres GM Regier looking for the “right centerman”

May 21, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

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One way or another, Sabres GM Darcy Regier wants to address the center position on his team.

“The right center ice is a priority,” Regier told reporters today after announcing the re-signing of defenseman Alexander Sulzer. “The real unknown here is what the trade market will hold. Nothing has started. It doesn’t get started until after the playoffs. Teams begin to talk, and then it really builds as you go into the draft.

“It’s tough to know what will be available, but if we can find the right centerman it would help.”

The Sabres already have three centers in Derek Roy, Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis; however, Roy was the target of trade speculation for much of the past season, and that speculation hasn’t gone away.

“We expect [Roy] back at this point, and we expect him to have a good season at this point,” said Regier, as per John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

Key phrase: “at this point.” (So key Regier used it twice.)

Roy is tradable – he’s only signed for one more season ($4 million cap hit) before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Buffalo also has two first-round picks (and two seconds) that could be used to help land the “right centerman.”

  1. egodz51 - May 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Please throw Derek Roy out your nearest exit, Darcy.

  2. bagjr387 - May 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    “the right center ice is a priority”= we dont have a #1 center. IMO an elite center signed or drafted, plus Ennis and Hodgeson means there isnt any room for Derek Roy. I’ll agree he had a terrible season. but he has averaged .8 pts per game in his nhl career. that being said….I’ve had enough of him, but he wont be easy to replace like everyone thinks

    • tarotsujimoto74 - May 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Elite center probably can’t be traded for. I think they’ll use their arsenal of picks to try to move up into the top 5 and get Galchenyuk.

  3. nordak20 - May 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Ah…seems like only yesterday when Darcy proclaimed that the Sabres had two of the leagues top 20 Centers on the team.

    • bagjr387 - May 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      your statement is true. (2007 sabres) lol

  4. rabidbillsfan - May 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I know this is a pipe dream, but Darcy need to try and bring Goose back. Yea, he’s not a number one center, but this team isn’t a number one center away from a stanley cup. Thats what I never understand in arguments about Buffalo’s handling of FA’s and players. Everybody says, “We need a number one center, trade X,Y,Z for him just get us that center.” Here’s my problem with that, an Elite center is only as good as the players on his line. Obviously, when people think of Elite centers, they think Malkin, Crosby, Getzlaf, Datsyuk, Sedin and even Kopitar. Well, look at the players on those lines, the Sabres do not have that talent. Buffalo’s gameplan, whether accidentally or not, has always been “Next man up”. Usually, we have one red-hot line, while the others chip in here and there, and when that cools off, another one is getting on a roll. This team is more like a solid defensive outing away from contending for a cup, not a center. While I do agree that Roy needs to go, it’s his attitude that I don’t care for. I’d like to see them spend those 4 early picks on a guy/guys who can contribute early. If it happens to be a center they trade up for, I’m fine with it, but I won’t expect it to change this team too much, except add a piece that could contribute to 4 productive lines. This team needs less of Boyes, Roy, and Leino (even though he bounced back) and more of Ennis, Stafford and Pominville. We shall see what the Summer holds, but I wouldn’t be suprised to see things work out the way I imagine, except, of course, Goose back in Blue and Gold.

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