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July 12, 2012

Regier says Sabres dealt healthy Roy

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BUFFALO —

“It’s not the reality,” Regier said. “I’m very comfortable with our position.”

Ruff called Roy’s nine-year run “great for our organization.”

“Derek was a good player for us,” he said. “I mean, he was a good player for us last year. He logged a lot of minutes. He was our top forward up front in minutes. I think with the serious injury (torn quadriceps) and the shoulder injury he suffered in training camp, it set him back a bit.

“But I’m pretty sure he can recover and again be a player we had at least a year ago or two years ago.”

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Center Zemgus Girgensons, the 14th overall pick last month, could decide as soon as today whether he signs with the Sabres or attends the University of Vermont, where he committed to play next season.

“I’ll try to decide tomorrow,” the 18-year-old said Thursday after scoring a nifty goal for the Blue Team in a 7-3 win over the Gold.

Regier added: “We’ll talk to him about his desire to turn pro. Really, it has to be his decision.”

Ruff thinks the 6-foot-1, 198-pound Latvian could be ready for the AHL.

“He already has a man body,” he said. “He’s strong enough to handle the heavy bodies down there.”

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In the spring, Sabres legend Dominik Hasek, despite being 47 years old and four years removed from the big leagues, declared he wanted to return to an NHL net.

Out of respect for the goalie’s career, the Sabres had two meetings with Hasek recently in Buffalo.

“I met with him once,” Regier said. “Lindy and I met with him as well, listened to him. We had our discussions and made him aware we were going to proceed with our current goaltending.”

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