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April 2, 2013

Sabres: Open to deals as deadline looms

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO, N.Y. — It was unusual seeing Sabres general manager Darcy Regier chatting outside Buffalo's locker room on Monday minus the cellphone that's been glued to his ear for much of the past week.

That led someone to wonder whether Regier's overworked phone had run out of juice.

"It's charged," he said, with a laugh.

It had better be.

Declining to rule anyone, including goalie Ryan Miller, as being untouchable on an underperforming roster, Regier is expected to be among the league's most sought executives in advance of the NHL's trading deadline Wednesday afternoon.

"Where our hockey club is right now, we have to be open to listening to just about anything and everything," Regier said as recently as Saturday, after he traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to St. Louis in exchange for two draft picks. "It could involve any player. And I think the players are aware of that."

They are, as defenseman Tyler Myers indicated before the team left town Monday to prepare for its game at Pittsburgh the following night.

"I don't think any guy would be surprised," Myers said. "I think we know there's action going on right now. And whether it's going to fall through or not is a matter of Darcy and the GMs."

Miller, leading scorer Thomas Vanek and captain Jason Pominville have all been mentioned in trade speculation. Struggling forward Drew Stafford, in the second year of a four-year $16 million contract, is on the trade block, as is veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr.

Regehr, in the final year of his contract, has waived his no-trade clause once already to allow Calgary to deal him to Buffalo two years ago. And he's aware he might be asked to approve another trade.

"That's all being worked out behind the scenes right now," Regehr said. "I'd have to see the situation. I can't say 'yes,' or 'no' right now about a hypothetical. There's 29 other teams. It would really depend on the situation."

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