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Sabres GM says Vanek/Miller trade talk has gone quiet

Jul 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

Sabres GM Darcy Regier could have an anxious summer next year with both Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek being unrestricted free agents. That also means this summer could be busy with trade talk, but that’s apparently not the case.

Regier spoke with media in Buffalo to update on how things are going. As Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News shares, all is quiet when it comes to potentially dealing two of their cornerstone players.

“Talking to my counterparts around the league, that’s not unusual right now,” he said. “For whatever reason, there’s not a lot of activity on players that are going to become unrestricted in ’14.”

One reason there may not be a lot of chatter is due to the salary cap hits on both players.

Miller comes with a $6.25 million hit while Vanek’s is just north of $7 million. The other reason could be that the asking price to obtain either player is too high for teams to jump in on.

If Buffalo is out of the playoff hunt this season, the cost to obtain them at the deadline may not be quite so high. Buyer beware when dealing with Regier, however, as he’s proven to be excellent at getting a great return then. Just ask Nashville and Minnesota about that.

  1. martysbetter - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I’d have to imagine with the cap going up after this season combined with the ridiculous contracts handed out during this years UFA opening that both Vanek and Miller would eventually want to test free agency. Pass.

  2. kgun80 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I can see a deadline or earlier deal for Vanek… Miller I can see playing out the stretch and walking. I think both guys could be very successful in the right situation. Miller may not be the what he once ways but he is still a very good goalie.
    I don’t blame either guy if they want to jump into free agency and have an opportunity to play for a winning team.
    I also think this could be better for the younger players to move into leadership roles.

  3. titansbro - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Well everyone knows the market will heat back up just before the trade deadline.

  4. PhillySN - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You won’t have many trade partners if every deal you ask for the house

    • billsfanaddict - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      clearly you havent seen the results of any recent play-for-picks&prospects trades that the sabres have made have you?

      • billsfanaddict - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM


  5. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    It would be Regier’s ultimate failure if either (or both) of these guys walk next summer without the Sabres receiving any compensation. And I’m not talking about a 4th rd pick for their negotiating rights before they hit free agency, he needs to get atleast a legitimate prospect and a pick for each. As a rebuilding team they must rid themselves of Miller. He’s getting up there in age and he’s shown that he doesn’t handle losing well. Enroth deserves a shot to grow with the young core. As for Vanek, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stay. He’s a relatively young (29), dynamic talent, who could take Pominville’s spot as captain and lead the rebuild. After all they still need someone to put ppl in the seats.

    If Regier is resigned to the fact that he must get rid of both of them, then he needs to walk the tight rope of receiving fair value while also not demanding an unrealistic return. I’d imagine the issue with Miller is that he’s asking an obscene amount for a soon to be FA goalie who’s past his prime. But Miller is the guy they absolutely have to trade bc he will walk after the year. Vanek, I’m not so sure.

    • zetaone - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      If they name Vanek captain, I’m done watching the Sabres. He is so apathetic, gets emotionally frustrated (slaming doors) every shift he doesn’t score a goal, and his work ethic is absolute garbage. His backchecking efforts make Ovechkin look like Datsyuk.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Well who else is in line for the job? My perspective was obviously from an outsider as I’m a Flyers fan. I just see Vanek as a talented player, I don’t know his day to day, game to game tendencies.

  6. meldboy - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    “Buyer beware when dealing with Regier, however, as he’s proven to be excellent at getting a great return then. Just ask Nashville and Minnesota about that.”

    Darcy is good at getting a great return on his trades, he just sucks at drafting.

  7. TestSubjekt - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Ummm Joe

    “Buyer beware when dealing with Regier, however, as he’s proven to be excellent at getting a great return then. Just ask Nashville and Minnesota about that.”

    Quality is more important than quantity. The haul for Pominville was not the cream of Minnesota’s crop. This is why I don’t want him dealing them away. He’d screw up and get crap in return.

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