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Regier: Sabres' defense improved, still room to get help up front

Darcy Regier smiled. No, the general manager said, the Sabres are not out of salary cap room yet. They have room to remain players when NHL free agency starts at noon Friday.

The Sabres have signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a 10-year, $40 million contract. Though Ehrhoff will make $18 million in the first two seasons of the deal and $37 million through the first seven, the cap hit is just $4 million for the life of the contract.

The Sabres will enter Friday's marketplace with about $10.5 million in cap space, including the summertime clause that allows teams to go 10 percent over the $64.3 million total. That leaves them with enough room to go after forwards, which Regier would like to do.

"Depending on what we do tomorrow it may affect our current lineup, but so far we still have room," Regier said tonight in HSBC Arena. "The focus tomorrow is we’ll see if we can do something up front. ... There’s a few roles upfront that we’d like to address if we can."

Regier is thrilled to add the offensive Ehrhoff to the blue line, which was bolstered by last week's acquisition of stay-at-home defenseman Robyn Regehr.

"The focus has been to start on our defense," Regier said. "We feel very strongly that the goaltending is there. We wanted to improve our defense. I think our defense is very good, it’s just young. I think if you’re going to go a long way in the playoffs, you have to have a lot of defensemen, as we have found out in past years, as other teams found out this year.

"It was the focal, and with Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff, it goes a long way to making our defense a very good NHL defense."

The full audio of Regier's news conference is below.

---John Vogl

Agent: Ehrhoff 'thrilled' to join Sabres

Christian Ehrhoff didn't know a lot about the Sabres. Once his education was complete, he was ready to sign up.

The defenseman has agreed to a long-term deal with the club, with multiple reports saying it is 10 years for $40 million.

"He’s thrilled," Ehrhoff's agent, Rick Curran, told The News by phone. "He was very impressed with the organization and the presentation that they made, obviously. Buffalo wasn’t a club that he had realized would be interested in him. When they did trade for his rights and express an interest, he was intrigued.

"Christian is a very methodical person. He did his due diligence, talked to a lot of people that he knew that were familiar with Buffalo and the Sabres’ organization, and at the end of which he just told me, "Rick, I think it’s a place I’d like to play.'"

---John Vogl

Sabres sign Ehrhoff

The rebuilding of the Sabres' defense continues. Christian Ehrhoff is coming to Buffalo.

The offensive defenseman, who turns 29 next week, has agreed to a contract with the Sabres one day after they acquired his rights from the Islanders. Ehrhoff set career highs with 37 assists and 50 points last season with Vancouver while scoring 14 goals for the second straight season.

“I was originally going to wait and see what was available on the free agent market,” Ehrhoff said today. “After the Sabres acquired my rights and I spoke with Terry Pegula and Darcy Regier, I did my due diligence on the team and I was very impressed. I called some former teammates and others in the NHL who also had great things to say and I was aware that Robyn Regehr had waived his no-trade clause in his contract this week to join the Sabres. My goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and after the offer I received from Buffalo, I believe this is the best place to make it happen.”

"He’s thrilled," Ehrhoff's agent, Rick Curran, told The News. "He was very impressed with the organization and the presentation that they made, obviously. Buffalo wasn’t a club that he had realized would be interested in him. When they did trade for his rights and express an interest, he was intrigued."

Terms of the deal are not yet known, though TSN.ca reports it is a 10-year contract worth $40 million.

"He’s a terrific skater," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said today. "He brings offense. He can contribute on the power play, moving the puck, getting up in the rush. Those are probably his strongest points, but he’s a terrific player."

Ehrhoff joins the team on the same day physical defenseman Robyn Regehr arrived in Buffalo. Regehr, acquired in a trade with Calgary on Saturday, has lined up often against Ehrhoff out west during the past seven seasons. Ehrhoff spent his first five years with San Jose before going to Vancouver two seasons ago.

"That’s a definite change and another sign of the change that’s happening here with this hockey team," Regehr said of the decision to get Ehrhoff. "He’s a very good skating defenseman. He’s not afraid to get up in the rush and be involved in the rush offensively. He’s got a really good shot. He’s dangerous on the power play, a good one-time shot."

The offensive-defensive package of Ehrhoff and Regehr joins a Buffalo defense corps that includes Tyler Myers, Jordan Leopold, Shaone Morrisonn and restricted free agents Mike Weber, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Andrej Sekera.

The Sabres, who sent a fourth-round pick to the Isles for the right to negotiate with Ehrhoff, had until Friday's noon start of free agency to sign him or he would have been free to talk to all 30 NHL clubs.

The Sabres had about $14.5 million in cap space to use when the market opened prior to the signing. That includes an additional $6.4 million that teams can spend in the summer, thanks to a rule that allows clubs to go 10 percent over the cap. They must be in compliance by opening night of the 2011-12 season.

If the TSN contract numbers are correct, that would still leave the Sabres with $10 million to spend when free agency starts.

The Sabres' defense struggled at times last season, partly because of inexperience. The addition of Ehrhoff and Regehr, who spent 11 seasons with the Flames, adds 18 years of NHL knowledge to the blue line.

---John Vogl

With clock ticking to opening of market, Ehrhoff would be wise to wait

Here's what we know about the Sabres and Christian Ehrhoff with less than 20 hours till the start of free agency:

*Sabres management is still working in HSBC Arena.

*Ehrhoff's agent, Rick Curran, confirms the sides have talked, but other than that he's in "silent mode."

*It's past 10 p.m. in Germany. If Ehrhoff needs a night to sleep on whether to sign with the Sabres, sleep will likely come in the next couple of hours or so.

Now, with that out of the way, here's what we think about the Sabres and Ehrhoff with less than 20 hours till the start of free agency:

He's better off waiting till Friday to sign with anyone.

Even if the Sabres impress the defenseman with their presentation and offer, he is mere hours away from seeing what the other 29 teams would offer. If he wants money, there are teams with plenty to spend. If he wants a contender, there are others out there.

If he finds out his best fit is with Buffalo, he can still sign (re-sign?) with the Sabres on Friday afternoon. There's the chance Buffalo could pull its offer, of course, making him regret the decision to wait.

Still, it's a decision he would be wise to make.

---John Vogl

Dumont, Souray among NHL buyouts

Former Sabres forward J.P. Dumont is among the players who have been bought out today, the final day of the buyout period.

Dumont had one year and $4 million left on his deal with Nashville, which was joined by Edmonton (Sheldon Souray), Minnesota (Cam Barker), Columbus (Mike Commodore) and Washington (Tyler Sloan). Chris Drury was bought out by the Rangers on Wednesday.

---John Vogl

Sabres' Regier expects to hear from Ehrhoff this afternoon

Christian Ehrhoff is conducting a fact-finding expedition today in Germany, trying to learn all he can about Buffalo and the Sabres, General Manager Darcy Regier said.

Ehrhoff, one of the premier defensemen set to enter Friday's free agent market, has contacted former teammates with ties to the Sabres to learn more about Buffalo, which acquired his rights via trade Wednesday night.

"So far, it’s been positive," Regier said in HSBC Arena. "He has initiated his own discovery on Buffalo. He has played with some players, he’s contacted a couple of former teammates, Mike Grier ... he’s played with some other guys, Jochen [Hecht] as well in international arena. He’s doing that work, and his wife is involved with him. Kim and Terry [Pegula] are involved, Lindy [Ruff] and myself. So far it's been positive."

Former San Jose teammate Craig Rivet said in a text to The News he has not been contacted by Ehrhoff.

The Sabres sent a fourth-round pick to the New York Islanders for the right to negotiate with Ehrhoff. Regier is hopeful the transaction leads to the signing of a player who turned down a contract with the Isles reportedly worth five years and more than $23 million.

"When we examined the prospects of going into the open market and competing with all the other teams, we decided that we would try and get a head start," Regier said. "It’s costly. A fourth-round pick is significant. It’s not something we’ve done in the past, but it’s an advantage that we plan on making pay off."

The Isles gave Ehrhoff a deadline to sign with them, but Regier said he has no plans to do so. If the Sabres fail to sign the former Vancouver defenseman by noon Friday, he is available to all 30 NHL teams.

"I’m not big on deadlines and drawing lines in the sand. We’ll work with him," Regier said. "He’s going to discuss the situation more with his wife, with his agent, and we will hear back at some point this afternoon."

---John Vogl

Sabres send Montador's rights to Chicago

The Sabres, who had no plans to re-sign pending unrestricted free agent Steve Montador, have traded the defenseman's rights to Chicago for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2012 or 2013 entry drafts.

Montador spent the past two seasons with Buffalo. He was one of the Sabres' top defensemen during the first half of the 2010-11 season, but he struggled late. His tumble continued in the playoffs, when he was scratched for Game Seven of the first-round loss to Philadelphia.

He finished last season with five goals and 26 points in 73 games. The 31-year-old was plus-16.

The Blackhawks' draft pick was previously acquired from Florida in the Tomas Kopecky trade Monday. The pick is presently conditional to the Nashville Predators. If that pick is not available, Florida will transfer its own seventh-round selection in the 2013 draft.

The move allows Buffalo to recoup a draft pick. They sent their fourth-round selection in 2012 to the Islanders for the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

---John Vogl

Ehrhoff's agent to set up Thursday chat between Sabres, defenseman

The Sabres have acquired the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff -- but he probably doesn't know it yet.

Ehrhoff is in his native Germany, which is six hours ahead. Rather than wake his client in the middle of the night, agent Rick Curran e-mailed the former Vancouver blue-liner with the news. Curran said the Sabres and Ehrhoff will speak Thursday.

"When he wakes up in the morning and checks his e-mails, he’ll see from my message that he’s now the property of the Sabres," Curran said by phone. "At some point during the day tomorrow, Sabres management will have an opportunity to reach out and chat with him a little bit about their organization, express to him their aspirations for bringing him to Buffalo and what they hope to accomplish. Everything will kind of bloom from there."

Ehrhoff, who was acquired from the Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick after New York was unable to sign him, has made one thing clear: He wants to play for a contender.

"His mind-set is to be with an organization that is looking at being a Stanley Cup contender, and being part of a group of players that are looking to win," Curran said. "The best way to put it is, 'I’ve left Vancouver, where we were knocking on the door for the Stanley Cup, and wherever I go I want to make sure that I have that same opportunity.'"

---John Vogl

Sabres deliver on Pegula's pledge to be aggressive by acquiring Ehrhoff

Terry Pegula said the Buffalo Sabres would be aggressive in free agency. After they acquired the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, one of the premier defensemen remaining on the marketplace, it became obvious the owner wasn’t kidding.

The Sabres sent a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to the New York Islanders tonight just for the right to talk with Ehrhoff, who helped Vancouver reach the Stanley Cup finals. The pending unrestricted free agent was shipped earlier this week to the Isles, who were unable to sign him despite an offer reported to be for five years and more than $23 million.

Ehrhoff will be available to all 30 NHL teams at noon Friday if the Sabres fail to sign him before then.

The defenseman, who turns 29 next week, has back-to-back seasons with 14 goals. He recorded 36 assists and 50 points with the Canucks this year, both career highs.

"Getting the right players is key for your game plan," Pegula said Wednesday afternoon in Rochester after being introduced as owner of the Americans. "We’re going to be reasonably aggressive. We’ll be right in there with most of the other teams.

"Free agency started a long time ago for us. We’ve been working real hard. Obviously, I can’t come up with any names of players [due to tampering rules], but we’re going to do our best."

With teams successfully working to re-sign their free agents this week, the Sabres obviously felt they needed to strike before the market became even thinner.

"It seems we’re taking names off the board on a daily basis," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said at the Amerks news conference. "There’s still some good players out there, and we plan to be active."

Ehrhoff is a three-time German Olympian, including two stints with Sabres forward Jochen Hecht. The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder has played seven seasons in the NHL, spending his first five seasons with San Jose and the past two with Vancouver.

A shoulder injury suffered in the Western Conference final limited Ehrhoff during the Canucks’ Stanley Cup loss to Boston, but he finished the postseason with two goals and 12 points in 23 games.

The fourth-round pick in the 2001 draft has played 500 games, recording 53 goals and 173 assists. He has a plus-55 rating and 94 penalty minutes the past two seasons.

---John Vogl

First big FA move: Sabres trade for Ehrhoff's rights

The New York Islanders couldn't do much with the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff so now it's the Sabres' turn.

In their first strike of free agency, the Sabres acquired the rights to the former Vancouver blueliner Wednesday night by sending a fourth-round pick in next year's draft to the Islanders after Garth Snow & Co. failed to sign him the last two days. Risking a pick just for the right to talk to a veteran is yet another bold step under the Terry Pegula watch that never would have happened under previous ownership.

Ehrhoff (6-2, 203) played on the Canucks' No. 1 power play unit and would be a huge addition to the Buffalo blueline. But he's almost certain to want a deal of at least $5 million a season. Maybe closer to $6 million. He will turn 29 next Wednesday.

Ehrhoff wrapped up a three-year, $9.3 million contract with the Canucks last season. He played with San Jose for six seasons before being traded to Vancouver in 2009. He reportedly turned down a five-year, $23 million offer to stay with Vancouver and rejected even more from the Islanders.

Ehrhoff will become an unrestricted free agent at noon Friday if the Sabres can't sign him. A three-time German Olympian who would be quite an attraction to that season-opening trip to Mannheim and Berlin, he had 14 goals, 36 assists and a plus-19 rating in 79 games for Vancouver last season.

Ehrhoff had two goals and 10 assists in the Canucks' run to the Stanley Cup final, but was a minus-13 in the postseason. He had just one assist and was minus-7 in the final against Boston.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

 

News from all over on Stamkos, Kariya-Kaleta, Drury, Marchant and more

The news is flying fast and furious in the last hour or so around the NHL:

---The New York Rangers have announced they have bought out the contract of Chris Drury. He's got a degenerative knee condition so I say the Sabres should look elsewhere but it will be interesting to see how tempted they are to put Drury in the Mike Grier-Rob Niedermayer role -- if Drury is even healthy enough to do it. This New York Post story includes a statement from Drury thanking the team and New York fans.

---Concussions have forced Blues center Paul Kariya to retire and he issued some blasts on his way out the door at the NHL's headshot policy. "[Sidney] Crosby is a perfect example," said Kariya. "You have the best player in the game playing on a the same team as a guy (Matt Cooke) who is ending guys’ careers with those kinds of hits."

Kariya's biggest blast was saved for Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta, whose blindside elbow on Dec. 27, 2009 was the final blow to Kariya's career. (Take a look at the clip below)

 “The first concussion I had, on a brutal, blindside hit, the guy got a two-game suspension. That was in 1996," Kariya said. "The last one, from Kaleta, was exactly the same play, and he doesn’t get anything. If you start at 10-game suspensions and go to 20, that sends a message to the players. But if you start fining the owners and suspending the coach, then it’s out of the game."

---Williamsville native Todd Marchant has announced his retirement from the Ducks. Marchant, who won a Stanley Cup in 2007 and brought it home to the then-Amherst Pepsi Center, will stay on as the team's director of player development.

---Also: Semyon Varlamov is choosing to play in the KHL rather than return to the Capitals; The Lightning re-signs Dwayne Roloson for one year, $3 million; the Islanders say they won't reach a deal with Christian Erhoff and the Canadians traded the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski to the Blue Jackets. 

AND HERE'S ANOTHER NECK-BUSTER: I was in Rochester at Pegulapalooza II so I'm just catching up to it. The Philadelphia Daily News is laying out a scenario where the Flyers bust out an offer of 13 or 14 years and $100 million for Tampa Bay restricted free agent Steven Stamkos. Holy cow. So can they keep Danny Briere too or does he have to go to a team that needs a center in, say, the 716 area code?

Wow. And we're still about 44 hours from Friday at noon. Stay tuned.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Gerbe glad to see Sabres moving in right direction

Nathan Gerbe, owner of a new three-year contract worth a reported $4.3 million, is obviously in a good mood thanks to today's deal with the Sabres. He's more excited about the team's direction.

The left winger has been watching with interest as the Sabres traded for defenseman Robyn Regehr, and he's eager to see what they do Friday when free agency starts. He already feels the team has improved, and he's excited about it.

"I would say probably everyone is excited," Gerbe said by phone. "It’s not just me, not just fans, it’s the players that are all excited. I think we’re all ready to start the season now."

Gerbe scored 16 goals last season, including 15 in the second half of the season.

"I’m pretty excited to be part of the team again," he said. "I know this team is going in the right direction, and I think everyone wants to be part of a winning group. I hope that’s exactly what I’m a part of."

---John Vogl

Sabres, Amerks happy to be unified

Just got back from Rochester, where the Sabres formally took over the Amerks. The hierarchy will be the same as in Buffalo, with Terry Pegula as owner and Ted Black as president.

They do not yet have a coach, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. He expects quality applicants.

Other tidbits from the news conference:

*In order to win back fans, the Amerks have priced season tickets at $10 for every seat in Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Whether it's along the glass or in the top row, it will cost $400 for a season-ticket package.

*The Sabres' organization plans to build winners at both the NHL and AHL levels.

*AHL President David Andrews, Pegula and Regier all praised the unification, with Andrews saying he couldn't think of a better way for his league to end its 75th season.

*Regier said being an hour away will allow for more teaching of the prospects, which he considers the most important part of the deal.

*The AHL will realign this weekend, with Rochester remaining in the Western Conference as the league goes to six divisions instead of four.

---John Vogl

Agent: No contract offers between Connolly, Sabres

The Sabres' chats this week with the agent for center Tim Connolly have not included any contract proposals, agent J.P. Barry told The News by phone this afternoon.

Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Saturday and Monday that he had talked to and planned to again talk to Barry about Connolly, who will become an unrestricted free agent Friday. Barry said it's impossible to tell at this stage whether Connolly will reach the market or re-sign with the Sabres before it opens.

"We haven’t gotten into the stage of making offers to each other," Barry said. "We’re just talking about whether or not there’s a chance and whether or not it makes sense for them and for us to do something."

Connolly has been with the Sabres since 2001.

"He’s been there a long time, and Tim still feels very strongly about the Sabres," Barry said. "We’re going to keep talking here."

The 30-year-old Connolly's place in a thin free agent market can be debated. He had just 13 goals and 42 points in 68 games last season, suffering a horrific broken nose during the regular season and a sternum separation in the playoffs. In the first season of his expiring two-year, $9 million contract, he averaged nearly a point per game with 65 in 73.

"Obviously, Tim’s going to be an interesting player," Barry said. "As far as production, if you want to line up all the guys available on their ability to produce offense, he’s probably right at the top. The thing that can work against Tim is he’s had unfortunate injuries, some fluky. It’s that injury profile that is the issue. His ability, you look at his whole career and his ability to produce offense, is excellent."

---John Vogl

Gilmour elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Doug Gilmour, who spent parts of two seasons with the Sabres, is one of four players elected today to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 also includes goaltender Ed Belfour, forward Joe Nieuwendyk and forward/defenseman Mark Howe.

---John Vogl

Another top forward off the free agent market

The Buffalo Sabres' desire to add a forward has gotten more difficult. Washington is set to announce it has signed Brooks Laich to six-year contract extension worth $27 million.

Laich, who can play center and wing, likely would have been on the Sabres' wish list. The free agent list gets thin.

In other news:

*The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly agreed with forward Pascal Dupuis to a two-year contract worth $3 million.

*A person close to the situation told the Associated Press that Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer is out as a potential buyer of the financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes.

---John Vogl

Regier to talk with agents of Connolly, McCormick

Tim Connolly and Cody McCormick are in a select club. Of the Buffalo Sabres’ eight unrestricted free agents, it appears those are the only two the team could try to keep this week.

The free agent market opens at noon Friday, and Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said he plans to talk to the agents for both forwards.

"We’ll continue talking," Regier said today. "I’ll have a conversation with Cody McCormick’s agent, with Tim Connolly’s agent, and we’ll see where it goes from there."

The Sabres’ unrestricted list also includes forwards Mike Grier, Rob Niedermayer, Mark Mancari and Matt Ellis, defenseman Steve Montador and goaltender Patrick Lalime. Regier said he’s talked with Montador’s agent only in passing. Grier will be re-examined after the first wave of signings.

Regier said the Sabres intend to be active Friday.

"We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to add," he said. "We’d like to add both forwards and defensemen, but we’ll have to see how it goes."

The Sabres having taken the first step in retaining their restricted free agents, extending qualifying offers to eight of the nine (only forward Felix Schutz, who returned to Germany last season, was let go). The eight, who qualify for a 10 percent raise but can still renegotiate, are goaltender Jhonas Enroth, defensemen Mike Weber, Andrej Sekera, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Dennis Persson, and forwards Nathan Gerbe, Travis Turnbull and Dennis McCauley.

Gerbe, Weber, Sekera and Gragnani have arbitration rights.

---John Vogl

Wrapping up Sabres draft weekend

The draft is over, and it's time for free agency. Before moving forward, here's a last look at a few stories featuring the Sabres and their prospects ...

*If it wasn't clear before, it certainly is after this weekend. Terry Pegula gets what he wants.

*It was easy to tell third-round pick Daniel Catenacci was bummed about falling past the first two rounds. The Sault Star, the paper for his junior team, reports he turned philosophical after the draft when discussing the Sabres.

*The Daily Townsman in Cranbrook, British Columbia, quotes the sixth-round pick, Kootenay goalie Nathan Lieuwen: "I've had my sights set on making an AHL team since about the end of the season. You start thinking about what you're going to do next season and that's still my goal, to be able to crack their team."

---John Vogl

Solid weekend for Sabres

ABOVE 30,000 FEET, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MINNEAPOLIS AND ATLANTA -- Greetings from Flight 872, which is winging from Minneapolis to Atlanta, where I'll connect to Buffalo. Remember, it's all about saving some pennies for Uncle Warren Buffett. (But to be honest, I always like going to Atlanta, even if it's for 75 minutes.)

The Sabres had to head back to Buffalo feeling pretty darn good about themselves. The NHL draft weekend could not have gone any better from their perspective:

*Their pending purchase of the Rochester Americans was approved.

*They drafted the forward the scouting department coveted, bringing in Joel Armia in the first round.

*They acquired the big, tough defenseman they needed, convincing Robyn Regehr that Western New York is the place he should be.

*They created even bigger fans in West Seneca, drafting local product Alex Lepkowski.

Yeah, not a bad little weekend.

---John Vogl

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Getty Images' photo captures late Buffalo native and scouting legend EJ McGuire's wife, Terry, and their young daughters, Jacqueline and Erin, who received a standing ovation from the crowd and team employees upon being introduced prior to the draft. The trio announced the Edmonton Oilers would make the first selection. Terry is the sister of Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick.

Sabres' Regehr: 'I'm very happy with the decision'

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Robyn Regehr needed time to decide whether he should come to Buffalo. Now that he is a member of the Sabres, he has no doubt he made the right choice to accept a trade from Calgary.

"I had some really great conversations, and I’m very happy with the decision we made," Regehr told The Buffalo News by phone.

The physical, veteran defensemen called from the airport in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he was waiting for Sabres owner Terry Pegula and coach Lindy Ruff to arrive for a visit. The Sabres made it clear they wanted him, now Regehr wants to know what the Sabres expect of him.

"I’ve talked to Lindy a little bit on the phone, and I’ll have to speak with him a little bit more when I get down there, but I want to have a real good idea of what they expect me to bring to the team, and I’m going to try to do that," Regehr said. "For me, I also have experience to draw from. I’ve been involved with leadership groups on teams, so with a young team like Buffalo, those are kind of the areas that they’re going to want me to focus on, as well as being physical, being as physical as I can back there and helping young guys like Tyler Myers or [Mike] Weber back on the point, just help bringing them along.

"They’re a young team. I think they have lots of potential. I think they have world-class goaltending, which is a big thing. I think they’re not far away from being a contender each and every year, and that, as a player, that’s what you want, a chance to win the Stanley Cup each and every year."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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