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Regier gauging trade market for Miller, Vanek

Jun 29, 2013, 3:38 PM 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

For now, Sabres general manager Darcy Regier expects goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek to remain part of the Buffalo organization past this weekend’s draft in New Jersey.

That being said, Regier has been trying to gauge each player’s value on the trade market, because he knows that may be an option he has to explore.

“I entered this weekend recognizing that they both are in the last year of their contracts, and I have a responsibility to see what that means both with those players and also within the marketplace,” Regier said Saturday afternoon, per the Buffalo News. “Unless you’re a highly competitive team, it’s very difficult to have players on your roster whose contracts are going to expire if you either choose not to or don’t have the ability to re-up them.

“Just to lose those assets, you try to get a sense of what the marketplace is like, and that’s a process that’s ongoing. I expect it will continue to move through the draft into maybe free agency and maybe beyond that. We’re actively keeping our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the league, and we’ll have to just make our decision.”

Sabres owner Terry Pegula said recently that he wants Miller and Vanek to remain in Buffalo. But whether the feeling is mutual isn’t clear.

  1. buff80 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Until Regier is gone these decisions in Buffalo don’t really matter. It is time for a change with this “decision” maker.

  2. redridershoottheireyeout - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Pegula is as inept an owner as Darcy is an inept GM, it also seems that Buffalo is now being shunned by other teams probably because the asking price that Regier has placed on these two guys (and whatever trade bait he has thrown out there) is so high it is being seen as simply ridiculous considering the circumstances he’s in which is between the rock and a hard place.

  3. billsin20xx - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Like Regier will do anything until he is forced to.
    I hop he doesn’t do anything so our team sucks even more than last year this fall. Once the entire crowd starts booing every game all game hopefully Regier will wake up and dump hm, then we can start a true rebuild.
    How can any competent owner allow a GM to stay for 16 years after he consistently has produced mediocre teams? How can you allow someone to rebuild a team they totally messed up themselves? STUPID!!!!

  4. billsin20xx - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Ment Pegula will dump him…

  5. billsin20xx - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    jeeesse can’t use this stupid keyboard tonight – MEANT

  6. jsinsabaugh2 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    the sabres just need big tuff forwards that can score 15 to 20 goals a game. drop ennis who is just another max afinigenov, get rid of stafford, gerbe and geab some defensmen who will actuall hit someone!!
    the team needs to establish an identity. you cant have just 1 talented scorer (vanek).. 1 gritty player (kaleta) 1 all around player who should be capt (steve ott) and then just a rest of average to below average players… anyone who has gone through a 10 game or more drout in points and goals shouldn’t be on the team!

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