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April 1, 2013

Sabres deal Regehr to Kings as NHL deadline looms

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Niagara Gazette — The Sabres are having difficulty holding third-period leads, which they've squandered a league-worst 10 times, and have six times blown two-goal leads, according to STATS LLC.

Their special teams are struggling, too. Buffalo's power play ranks 29th, and has allowed an NHL-high six short-handed goals. The penalty-killing unit is hardly better, ranking in a tie for 27th.

Not at all close to what was expected of a team owner Terry Pegula vowed would become a bona fide contender after he purchased the Sabres a little more than two years ago. He then backed his words by committing nearly $140 million in salary to add talent and re-sign players before the 2011-12 season.

"We're really struggling coming up with a 60-minute effort, and it's been the case not only this year, but we struggled with it last year and also the year before," Myers said. "I'm definitely frustrated. I'm sure everyone else in the room is frustrated."

Pominville, who has a partial no-trade clause in his contract, said it's Regier's job to make an attempt to improve the team.

"It doesn't mean that everybody's going to be gone. But it means that he's got to listen," Pominville said. "Wayne Gretzky got traded, so anybody can get traded. It's part of his job to listen and make the best decisions."

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