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Sabres might not fire sale, but Miller, Vanek, Pominville aren’t untouchable

Mar 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Goaltender Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres is congratulated by Thomas Vanek #26 after shuting out the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 at Honda Center on February 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California.
(February 28, 2012 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Last week, Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier said that he wasn’t in “a blow-it-up mindset” as the April 3 trade deadline gets closer. At the same time, he clarified to NHL.com that he’s willing to consider just about any trade that might benefit his team.

No one is off the table. Regier is even willing to trade goaltender Ryan Miller and top forwards Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek if he thinks it will benefit his team in the long run.

All of those players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2014.

“I don’t think it’s a case of making players available or not available; it’s that you’re trying to improve the club and the focus goes beyond this season,” Regier said. “It’s that simple, so you have to be open to anything that’s going to do that.”

Buffalo has won two straight games and clearly at least some of their players are still talking publicly about fighting for a playoff spot.

If they stay strong over these next two weeks then that will likely have an impact on what Regier does. However, if a buyer wants to make a major trade on a player that will be more than just a rental, it sounds like Regier will at least hear them out.

  1. elemeno89 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    If this team can get its crap together and play with to their possible potential, they have a real shot at making the playoffs.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I believe that’s the case with every underachieving team in the league.

      • bagjr387 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Washington are underachieving BAD this year. On paper, these rosters are very good….

        The Rangers on paper had the most impressive team going into the season. Not sure how they are 9th, but I expect them to get their $hit together

  2. puckmepuckyou - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Seems to be the same problem with a lot of clubs this year.

  3. bagjr387 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Players most likely to get moved are the UFA’s at the end of this season…I’m not saying others are untouchable, but Darcy for sure will try to sell these guys first.
    Hecht, Regehr(NTC), Leopold, Sulzer, Pardy.

    From the GM’s perspective, Miller, Vanek, and Pominville(NTC), could be moved for the right price, as their contracts are up at the end of 2014 season….Minnesota could be a place for Miller in my opinion. Vanek and Pominville could go to any team with the salary cap space as a rental player

  4. kgun80 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Yeah Darcy trade them then you can draft a talented young player with tons of potential and stifle his growth by sending him to the AHL or OHL.. Before any free agents before any trades are made … Darcy must be fired. That’s the only real way to get this team moving. A new set if eyes is necessary.. Someone with no attachment to the current roster

    • travishenryskid - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I assume you mean that he stifled Grigorenko. If you think that Grigorenko is an NHL level player right now, I know all I need to know about your hockey acumen.

  5. pftbillsfan - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Beg a team to take Stafford 4.0 mill, Miller 6.25 mill look at his stats they’re pedestrian in every year except one. Pomonville 5.25 mill good value for guy who has packed it in. Frees up 15.25 for free agency, a nice gift for a new GM

  6. joeyashwi - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Minnesota already has Backstrom so no way they would be interested in Miller. Vanek on a line with Parise and Koivu would be sweet but no cap room for a move like that and Coyle is doing pretty well for a lot cheaper. The Sabres have too much talent to be where they are in the standings right now.

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    @kgun80- I totaly agree with you!!!!

    What a difference a post can do?! Lol!

  8. kgun80 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I don’t believe he will have a great impact… But how could we ever know.. he was playing with Hecht, and other players with low skill levels you can’t expect a player to grow and understand the game by putting him in the minors he has to play in the NHL to learn the speed and nuances of the game… And historically the team has a history of stifling young talent. He may not be a top level player now but with time and the proper mentors he will get there faster. And your tag is travishenryskid… That explains everything anyone needs to know about you.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Couldn’t help myself…….

  10. buff80 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Fire Darcy!

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