After a long day, Darcy Regier finally spoke to the media for about 15 minutes this evening to recap Deadline Day. We've relocated upstairs to the press box to give you the following summary as we head toward faceoff of the Sabres' game against the Habs.
---Mikael Tellqvist is here and dressed as the backup to Patrick Lalime. He's wearing No. 32. Bet he makes his first Buffalo start here Friday night -- against his old team as the Phoenix Coyotes will be in town. Jhonas Enroth is here but will not dress. He will return to Portland in the morning.
---Dominic Moore is not available tonight. Regier did not talk to him until after 6 p.m. to welcome him to the organization because the league's trade registry was so backed up by moves that took place as the 3 p.m. deadline approached. Regier also said the trade of Ales Kotalik to Edmonton was not confirmed until about 6:15.
---Regier confirmed that Portland defenseman Mike Weber is out for the season because he will be having surgery on his shoulder in Buffalo on Thursday.
Some questions to Regier:
Did you overpay for Connolly: "He's healthy now. We expect him to be healthy. If you look at the marketplace in the summer, there's very few short-term contracts so that's what he gave back to the club (a two-year deal). We think he's one of the top players at his position in the National Hockey League. .. . The bet for us is obviously on his health. It's one that ownership was willing to make, one that I was willing to make on the management side."
On Connolly's contract not being insured: "We don't expect to attempt to insure it. It's there similar to the last contract. It's a bet that ownership was willing to take and a statement in our belief in him and when you look at the marketplace, what's available out there.
On making the playoffs still being the No. 1 goal: "That's the game. That's what you're trying to do. First and foremost, the goal is to make the playoffs. ... That hasn't changed from the start of the year. There's no shift (in philosophy). I think this is a very capable group. I expect to be in the playoffs at the end of the year."
Were you a buyer or seller at the start of the day: "We didn't come into this planning to be a seller, I can tell you that. I didn't know if we were going to be able to be a buyer."
On dealing Ales Kotalik: "He's just a first-class person, first-class player and I thaink him for everything he's done for the team. It was an opportunity for us to get a center man who can play in different roles (Moore is an excellent faceoff man and Ruff is expected to use him on both special teams units as well).
On the lack of a deal for Maxim Afinogenov: "I have tried to trade Max. I wasn't able to trade Max. Max is a good player. I still believe in him as a player. Lindy is going to give him an opportunity to play and we'll go from here."
On the Moore trade being a reaction to the flurry of deals by other Eastern Conference clubs: "It wasn't a reaction to other teams. It's about our own needs, what we need to do and that was our focus."
On whether Moore is a rental player or a player the Sabres may look to sign longterm after the season: "Our intention is to bring Dominic in for the balance of the year. I'd leave it open as to what happens from there."
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