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.