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Sabres tire of trade talk

Mar 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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It’s not shocking that the struggling Buffalo Sabres are in a bad mood, so it makes sense that they seemed crabby when discussing trade rumors with the Buffalo News.

Winger Jason Pominville seemed especially perturbed, according to the report.

“You hear your name, and I think you hear your name from people that want more followers on Twitter, will come out and say different things,” Pominville said. “You hear your name here and there, but where are those things really coming from?

“I think we’ve just got to worry about playing. There’s going to be rumors every year. It’s the way it is. It’s the nature of the sport. It is what it is. We’ve just got to worry about what we have to do.”

Apparently fielding a follow-up question wasn’t that pleasant (the “clearly affected” description via the Buffalo News report).

“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Pominville said while clearly affected. “I just answered the question. It makes no sense to me right now. Again, I have a contract that has a clause in it, and I haven’t been asked anything. I’m not worried about it. I’ve just got to go out there and play. If something happens, then I’ll worry about it. Right now it’s just trying to win games.”

One way or another the trade deadline is almost over (just like the Sabres’ season, seemingly).

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    If you win hockey games you usually don’t have to worry about being traded. That’s not a shot at the Sabres or their fans, as I’m aware of the irony of a Flyers fan talking about underachieving, but it’s the truth. If their performance was matching their pay they wouldn’t have to hear all the rumors.

  2. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Well then start WINNING! How bout that!

    • bouchez9393 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      It’s buffalo we’re talking about, there will never be a winner in this city!

  3. billysabre - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    It’s time for a major shake up! Pomminville, miller, stafford, reghyr all should be out. Kaleta, weber, ennis, gerbe and leopold should be on the block. Stafford if you can get anything for him. Myers & vanek stay w/a handful of others. It’s time to strip this team down and start fresh. We have 2-3 good defense prospects and some talent up front that can help next season. You then buy out Leino and stafford if you can’t trade them and start from scratch. New Gm (Dudley or burke??) who brings in their own coach. It’s a formula that needs to be addressed, even if it means a year of rebuilding. You should get plenty of picks and prospects by moving the dead weight. Then you reload in free agency w/pegula’s money. Sounds pretty simple.
    Let’s Go Buffalo!!!

    • elemeno89 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      you say strip the team. you say to get rid of all your players. but you do realize that if the sabres do that it would do more harm then good. getting rid of all these names at once would mean we would ride the bottom of the barrel for a while and the future isnt so bright in terms of return for thos sacrofice. there are no crosbys no malkins and no sramkos’ coming up that would justify this. please stop bantering your repetitive idiot rhetoric, and find something else to do in buffalo besides watching the sabres because its the cool thing to do…

    • zetaone - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      You’re a moron. This isn’t NHL ’13…

  4. reeggss - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    This team has showed little heart and as the captain Pommer should be worried. This team needs a make over big time.

  5. egodz51 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    And you wonder why his team plays scared? Because their leader is scared.

  6. nicktriple6 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I would love to take Regehr off your hands. Some teams are buyers and some are sellers. Buffalo are sellers. Side note, whay is Pominville a Captain? I think when a coach gets a pink slip, the Captain should be re-evaluated as well.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    They’re tired of a lot of things, particularly trying.

  8. colonelfancy - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    A lot of buyers remorse this season with sgining Ville Leino to an overachiever’s special. Tyler Myers hasn’t improved as a defensman. What they should’ve did was add some talent on top of that grit instead of throwing money at John Scott.

    • leninthebuff - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      You are worried about a measley 600K that Scott gets, who else on this team is willing to do his job??? Pomer gets 5.3 mill and gives up on plays, Leino 4.5 mill, Stafford 4.0 mill and Myers got 17.5 mill ty and they have done very little for what they are earning. OK, maybe salaries are pro-rated due to the lock out but either way they haven’t earned their salaries.

  9. billysabre - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Many fun things to do in buffalo but I’d still like to see the Sabres relevant in the future. I realize that that “stripping” the team will then take time to rebuild. However we’d be doing so w/a new Gm and coach along w/an owner that is still committed w/deep pockets. Being at the “bottom of the barrel” this year and even next is more tolerable than the lack of effort we’ve seen this year.
    As far as reghyr to Boston, sure. Can I sweeten the pot and get seguin and dougie Hamilton??

    • zetaone - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Again, go back to NHL ’13. You clearly know nothing of hockey and/or trades/rebuilding

  10. ncsabre21 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    So the Sabres season is essentially over with 4 points out of 8th place but in another article on here the Hurricanes are three points out and still fighting. Granted the Hurricanes have two games in hand. Just an observation.

  11. billysabre - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    1 down…more to come.
    Do you watch the Sabres @zetaone? Do you know what they have in the pipeline? I’m sure you’re well versed w/your in-depth commentary.
    My point is pegula has $$ to turn it around quick. In order to do that you have to shed salary and dead weight. Everyone I pointed out to trade is accurate and has more immediate value now then 2 years when buffalo will be relevant again. So if that’s NHL 2013, so be it but it’s realistic and the best thing for this franchise.

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