By Mike Harrington
Darcy Regier met the media between periods of tonight's development camp scrimmage and there was no big news unveiled in the 10-minute chat, other than the confirmation that Chadd Cassidy has been promoted from interim coach of the Rochester Amerks to the permanent bench boss in place of Ron Rolston.
As with every chat with Regier, the topic of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek came up again and the response was much the same. Asked if he's getting resigned to the fact he may have both of them at training camp, Regier said, "I think that's fair. The nature of this business is that as we move through July lineups get more and more settled, there's less movement. Once training camp starts, things begin to change some again."
Regier said most conversations he's had with other GMs involve taking in money, a clear reference to the fact the Sabres aren't likely to be able to move the entire contract of either Vanek or Miller in a year the salary cap is shrinking to $64.3 million.
Regier said there's been no negotiations with Miller, Vanek or fellow 2014 UFA Steve Ott. "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."
---Regier said the acquisition of Henrik Tallinder was a chance to replace some of the veteran presence lost on the blueline with the trades of Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regher. Asked how much putting Tallinder back with Tyler Myers was a factor, Regier said, "We didn't go into this reacquiring Hank specifically for Tyler but I think it could help."
---Don't look for the Sabres to make any push to remaining free agents. "Just lightly right now," was the way Regier described his level of involvement. "We've got a lot of forwards, we've got a lot of decisions to make positionally. We've dabbled in it but not in any real depth." .
---The buyout of Nathan Gerbe came after the decision was made that he would likely not clear the forward logjam in Buffalo, and it would not be useful to send him to Rochester.
"He's a goalscorer and hopefully he regains that touch," Regier said. "He certainly had it in the American League and had it briefly in the National Hockey League."
---Regier said the contract with first-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen would ultimately determine if he would go to Rochester or return to Finland if he doesn't make the Sabres' lineup.
Click below to hear audio from the session.