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NHL trade deadline awards

By John Vogl

After a day to catch my breath following all the craziness in Sabreland, we’re back with our inaugural "Trade Deadline Trophy Show." The envelopes, please …

Andre the Giant Award (biggest deal)

The Rangers traded right wing Ryan Callahan, a conditional pick in the 2014 draft and their first-round pick in 2015 to Tampa Bay for right wing Martin St. Louis.

To have one team in a playoff race trade its captain is crazy. For two teams to do it? With each other no less? That’s as big as they come.

Bob Corkum Cup (worst deal)

The Islanders traded left wing Thomas Vanek and a conditional pick in 2014 to Montreal for right wing Sebastian Collberg and a conditional pick in 2014.

Add in the deal with the Sabres to get Vanek, and New York GM Garth Snow traded Matt Moulson, Vanek, a first-round pick and a second-round pick for Collberg, who is an undersized prospect who hasn’t proved he can score. Good times!

Irv Weinstein Award (best local move)

Calgary traded right wing Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a third-round pick in 2014.

West Seneca’s Stempniak has spent nine seasons in the NHL but has skated in just 11 playoff games. He and the Penguins should play more than that this spring alone.

Clara Barton Cup (most helpful)

Dallas traded goalie Dan Ellis to Florida for goalie Tim Thomas.

The Stars are a bubble team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Every point matters, and Thomas will get more wins for Dallas than Ellis would have.

Bray Wyatt Award (most intriguing)

Columbus traded right wing Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles for right wing Matt Frattin, a second-round pick in 2014 or 2015 and a conditional draft pick.

Gaborik has been hurt or unproductive for the better part of two seasons. Before that, he was a 40-goal scorer. If he returns to form, the Kings may get another crown.

History of Sabres' deals at or near the trade deadline

By John Vogl

As we prepare for the Sabres to make a few deals today, here's a look back at their trades at or near the deadline since 1980.

March 10, 1980 -- Traded Jerry Korab to Los Angeles for a first-round draft choice in 1982 (Phil Housley).

March 10, 1981 -- Traded Rick Martin to Los Angeles for a third-round draft choice in 1981 (Colin Chisholm) and a first-round draft choice in 1983 (Tom Barrasso); traded Don Luce to Los Angeles for a sixth-round draft choice in 1982 (Jeff Parker) and cash.

March 6, 1987 -- Traded Norm Lacombe, the professional rights to Wayne Van Dorp and a fourth-round draft choice in 1987 (Peter Eriksson) to Edmonton for Mark Napier, Lee Fogolin and a fourth-round draft choice in 1987 (John Bradley).

March 6, 1989 -- Traded Calle Johansson and a second-round draft choice in 1989 (Byron Dafoe) to Washington for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard and a sixth-round draft choice in 1991 (Brian Holzinger); March 7, 1989 -- Traded Lindy Ruff to the N.Y. Rangers for a fifth-round draft choice in 1990 (Richard Smehlik).

March 9, 1992 -- Traded Dave Snuggerud to San Jose for Wayne Presley. Traded Jay Wells to the N.Y. Rangers for Randy Moller; March 10, 1992 -- Traded Kevin Haller to Montreal for Petr Svoboda. Acquired Dave Hannan from Toronto for a sixth-round draft choice
(Chris Deruiter) in 1992.

March 22, 1993 -- Traded Mike Ramsey to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Bob Errey.

March 18, 1997 -- Traded Barrie Moore and Craig Millar to Edmonton in exchange for Miroslav Satan.

March 24, 1998 -- Acquired Paul Kruse and Jason Holland from the N.Y. Islanders in exchange for Jason Dawe.

DARCY REGIER ERA

March 23, 1999 -- Acquires Joe Juneau, third-round pick from Washington for Alexei Tezikov; acquires Rhett Warrener, fifth-round pick (Ryan Miller) from Florida for Mike Wilson

March 10, 2000 -- Acquires Chris Gratton, second-round pick for Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger, Corey Sarich, third-round pick; acquires Doug Gilmour, J.P. Dumont for Michal Grosek.

March 19, 2002 -- Acquires Bob Corkum from Atlanta for a fifth-round pick.

March 10, 2003 -- Trades Stu Barnes to Dallas for Michael Ryan, second-round pick. March 11, 2003 -- Acquires Daniel Briere, third-round pick for Chris Gratton, fourth-round pick.

March 9, 2004 -- Acquires Michael Grier from Washington for Jakub Klepis.

Feb. 27, 2007 -- Acquires Dainius Zubrus, Timo Helbling from Washington for Jiri Novotny, first-round pick; trades Martin Biron to Philadelphia for second-round pick; acquires Ty Conklin from Columbus for fifth-round pick.

Feb. 26, 2008 -- Trades Brian Campbell, seventh-round pick to San Jose for Steve Bernier, first-round pick.

March 4, 2009 -- Acquires Dominic Moore from Toronto for second-round pick; trades Ales Kotalik to Edmonton for second-round pick.

March 3, 2010 -- Acquires Raffi Torres from Columbus for Nathan Paetsch, second-round pick; trades Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for third- and fourth-round picks.

Feb. 27, 2011 -- Acquires Brad Boyes from St. Louis for second-round pick.

March 31, 2013 -- Trades Jordan Leopold to St. Louis for second-round pick (Justin Bailey) and fifth-round pick (Anthony Florentino).

April 1, 2013 -- Trades Robyn Regehr to Los Angeles for second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.

April 3, 2013 -- Acquires Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett, first-round pick in 2013 (Nikita Zadorov) and second-round pick in 2014 from Minnesota for Jason Pominville and fourth-round pick in 2014.

Feb. 28, 2014 -- Trades Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, first-round pick in 2015 and conditional pick.

Regier puts focus on rebuilding Sabres' foundation with trade of Pominville (with audio)

By John Vogl

Darcy Regier says maybe the Buffalo Sabres could have enjoyed another late surge and sneaked into a playoff spot. But the odds of winning the Stanley Cup this season were extremely slim, so the general manager was determined to look toward the future.

"The preference is to build for a Stanley Cup rather than a playoff spot," Regier said today after trading captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota for two prospects and a pair of draft picks, including a first-round selection this June. "It's no fun being where we are. There's no enjoyment, but there is an opportunity."

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List of Sabres' deadline deals under Darcy Regier

Darcy Regier is busy every year around the trade deadline. Here are the moves made by the Sabres' general manager.

2-4-98 Acquired Geoff Sanderson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brad May and a third-round draft pick in 1999.

3-24-98 Acquired Paul Kruse and Jason Holland from the N.Y. Islanders in exchange for Jason Dawe.

3-11-99 Acquired Stu Barnes from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Matthew Barnaby.

3-23-99 Acquired Joe Juneau and a 1999 third-round draft choice (Tim Preston) from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Alexei Tezikov. Traded Mike Wilson to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Rhett Warrener and a 1999 fifth-round draft choice (Ryan Miller). Traded Derek Plante to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 1999 second-round draft choice (Michael Zigomanis).

3-10-00 Acquired Chris Gratton and a second-round draft choice in 2001 from Tampa Bay in exchange for Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger, Cory Sarich, and a third-round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Acquired Doug Gilmour and Jean-Pierre Dumont from Chicago in exchange for Michal Grosek.

3-13-01 Acquired RW Donald Audette from Atlanta for C Kamil Piros and a fourth-round pick in 2001 NHL Entry Draft; acquired Steve Heinze from Columbus for a third-round draft pick in 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

3-19-02 Acquired C Bob Corkum from Atlanta for a fifth-round pick in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

2-25-03 Acquired C Jakub Klepis from Ottawa in exchange for RW Vaclav Varada and a fifth-round draft pick in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

3-10-03 Traded C Stu Barnes to Dallas for C Mike Ryan and Dallas’ second-round draft choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft; Traded RW Rob Ray to Ottawa for future considerations.

3-11-03 Acquired C Daniel Briere and Phoenix’s third-round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for C Chris Gratton and Buffalo’s fourth-round choice in the 2004 Entry Draft.

3-08-04 Acquired Brad Brown and a sixth-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from Minnesota in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

3-09-04 Acquired Jeff Jillson and a ninth-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from San Jose in exchange for Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore; Acquired Mike Grier from Washington in exchange for Jakub Klepis.

3-09-06 Traded G Mika Noronen to Vancouver in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

2-27-07 Acquired C Dainius Zubrus and D Timo Helbling from Washington for Jiri Novotny and Buffalo’s first-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft; acquired G Ty Conklin from Columbus in exchange for Buffalo’s fifth-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft; acquired D Mikko Lehtonen from Nashville in exchange for Buffalo’s fourth-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft; trade Martin Biron to Philadelphia for their second-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft.

2-26-08 Acquired Steve Bernier and a first-round selection in 2008 Entry Draft in exchange for Brian Campbell and a seventh-round selection in 2008 Entry Draft.

3-4-09 Acquired G Mikael Tellqvist from Phoenix in exchange for a Buffalo’s fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft; Acquired C Dominic Moore from Toronto in exchange for Buffalo’s second round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft; Acquired Edmonton’s second round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for RW Ales Kotalik.

3-3-10 Acquired RW Raffi Torres from Columbus for D Nathan Paetsch, second-round pick; traded RW Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for third- and fourth-round picks.

2-28-11 Acquired LW Brad Boyes from St. Louis for second-round pick.

2-27-12 Acquired C Cody Hodgson and D Alexander Sulzer from Vancouver for RW Zack Kassian and D Marc-Andre Gragnani; traded C Paul Gaustad and fourth-round pick to Nashville for first-round pick.

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 Sabres.com 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."

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Poll: With Sabres ready to rebuild, pick the players they should trade

By John Vogl

PITTSBURGH -- Darcy Regier has concluded the team he put in place in Buffalo is not ready to win the Stanley Cup.

"We have to be realistic about where we are and the direction we're going," the Sabres' general manager said on a conference call Monday night after trading defenseman Robyn Regehr to Los Angeles for two second-round picks. "We're really going to look toward building this team, not just to make it into the playoffs but go deep into the playoffs.

"No one is quite sure of the timeline, but we're going to focus on next season."

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Myers, Pysyk beneficiaries of Leopold trade

By Jay Skurski

With Jordan Leopold sent to St. Louis on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres have to replace more than 21 minutes of ice time.

In their first game without the veteran defenseman, the beneficiaries were Tyler Myers and rookie Mark Pysyk.

Myers skated a game-high 28 minutes, 13 seconds in the shootout loss, while Pysyk was on the ice for 13:52 – a game after being a healthy scratch in Florida.

"It felt good," Myers said of the extended work. "It's whatever the coaches are going to decide how to play us. I think all the 'D' has been doing a really good job of adjusting to what has been given to them."

Myers didn't learn of Leopold's trade until arriving at First Niagara Center for the game.

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Miller doesn't view Regier's comments as evidence of immediate Sabres overhaul

By John Vogl

Ryan Miller is just as curious as anyone as to what Darcy Regier's plans are for the trade deadline.

Regier said tonight he is open to listening to trade offers for any and all Sabres players. The general manager added he wants to build around a group that will be in Buffalo on a multiyear basis.

Miller's contract -- and those of Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek -- expires at the end of next season, but the goaltender doesn't view Regier's comments as evidence of an immediate overhaul heading toward Wednesday's trade deadline.

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Sabres' Regier gives clearest indication yet that he's leaning toward core overhaul

By John Vogl

Ryan Miller wondered aloud this month whether veterans such as himself, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek were still the Buffalo Sabres’ core. Given the team’s struggles, the goaltender didn’t know whether management viewed a rebuild as its ideal course of action.

General Manager Darcy Regier gave his clearest indication to date he is contemplating franchise overhaul.

“Where our hockey club is right now we have to be open to listening to just about anything and everything, and I am listening,” Regier said tonight after trading Jordan Leopold to St. Louis. “We have to be open to everything, and I think the players recognize that as well.

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John Vogl

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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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