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Sabres' Regier reiterates need to focus past this season on deadline day

By John Vogl

The Sabres' impressive win over Pittsburgh apparently has not changed Darcy Regier's plan for his team.

The general manager told this morning that this trade deadline day is different for him because he's looking toward the future instead of this season.

"It’s different because we’re where we are in the standings and where we are given the shortened season," Regier told the team website. "Our focus has moved to next season and even beyond that. It changes how we view our current lineup, our current roster, and it changes … we’re moving the timeline down a little bit."

The Sabres beat the Penguins on Tuesday, 4-1, to snap the Pens' 15-game winning streak. Still, Buffalo is just 14-17-6 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.

The Sabres will be sellers today, but it remains to be seen how the trade market reacts.

"I have no idea," Regier said of what will happen. "That’s not … I know some of the players that are in play. I know what teams are generally looking for, so you have a sense of the market, but whether those deals actually are consummated, it’s too hard to know right now.

"Depending whether you’re buying or selling, there’ll be a reference to other trades, but ultimately it comes down to how badly a team wants a player and how open a team is to trading a player. That will drive the price."


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