Sabres’ Vanek open for any situation

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Sabres winger Thomas Vanek said he hasn’t heard from Darcy Regier about the team’s plans for him.

Vanek turned 29 in January and has put in eight years with the Sabres since being drafted fifth overall in 2003. That came a little more than two months after he was the named the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four in Buffalo, when he led the University of Minnesota to its second straight national title. He said he hasn’t had many talks with General Manager Darcy Regier about the future. The Sabres can’t begin to negotiate a contract extension with him until July 1 but might be inclined to trade him before the NHL Draft June 30 in Newark, N.J. He doesn’t have a clue if they’ll even offer him a new deal. “It’s part of the business. I’m not going to sit at home and pout about it,” Vanek said. “I’ll reflect on the time I’ve had here, which was up and down. But for myself personally, I enjoyed myself, always tried to make my teammates/linemates better and for the most part I think I accomplished that. “There’s different types of rebuilds. There’s one where you can trade and get good players back or you do it through the draft. source:

Sabres finish season with another win

Sabres finish season with another win - Ice Hockey

The Senators have two games remaining while the Rangers have one. – – – Oilers 6, Wild 1 Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and two assists as Edmonton won at Minnesota for the second time in 21 contests. Corey Potter and top overall pick Nail Yakupov both scored twice for the Oilers, who improved to 4-9-0 in April and denied the Wild a chance to clinch a play-off spot. Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves for his first win since March 26. Captain Mikko Koivu tallied for eighth-place Minnesota, which remained even in points with the Columbus Blue Jackets with one game remaining. – – – Blackhawks 3, Flames 1 Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews continue to share the team lead after scoring their respective 23rd goals in the first period as host Chicago improved to 11-1-2 in its last 14 games. Marcus Kruger scored to snap a 32-game goalless drought and defenseman Duncan Keith notched his 250th career assist. Corey Crawford turned aside 25 shots for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks, who will wrap up their regular season on Saturday at Central Division-rival St. Louis. Defenseman Chris Butler’s short-handed tally ended a 64-game goalless stretch and Joey MacDonald made 35 saves for the Flames, who finished their season with three straight losses. – – – – Avalanche 5, Coyotes 4 (SO) Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau scored in the shootout as Colorado spoiled Phoenix’s home finale. Parenteau added a goal and an assist in regulation while defenseman Stefan Elliott, Patrick Bordeleau and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for the Avalanche, who finished a league-worst 4-16-4 on the road. source:

Sabres notebook: Myers puts tough season behind him

The Sabres’ Tyler Myers had only eight points this season, his worst statistically.

“It got me to work with our strength guys here for a few weeks. Just had a lot of talks about what was expected, what was needed. It’s just more preparation going into the offseason.” Conditioning and keeping his weight have been regular issues for Myers, who said he will shuttle between Buffalo and British Columbia this summer in an effort to be in better shape for training camp in September. “I don’t want to lose any quickness. Skating is a big part of my game and I don’t want gaining weight to affect that,” he said. “It’s just a matter that I think diet is going to be a really big thing for me.” … The Sabres finished last in the Northeast Division for the first time since 2004. After Philadelphia’s 2-1 win at Ottawa Saturday, Buffalo dropped to 12th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd overall in the NHL. The Sabres thus line up to pick eighth in the first round of the NHL draft on June 30. The lottery for the No. 1 spot for all non-playoff teams is Monday night and Buffalo could drop to ninth if a team below it beats high odds to get to the top pick. Buffalo also owns Minnesota’s first-round pick from the Jason Pominville trade and that selection will be finalized after the playoffs. source:

Miller Time: All Tapped Out In Buffalo

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports   Ryan Miller has only played for one team during his career in the NHL, but his 500th career game may very well be his last in a Buffalo Sabres jersey. John Vogl of the Buffalo News reported yesterday that Ryan Miller’s Buffalo townhouse went up for sale. His future in Buffalo is still unclear, but this may mark the end of an era in Buffalo that has seen one of the best goaltenders in the last decade of hockey. There has been no shortage of rumors circulating the past few years regarding Ryan Miller’s status in Buffalo, but as much as it pains me to admit, I believe it’s finally his time to part ways with this team. It’s a gut wrenching feeling, there’s no way around it. I’ve had the blue and gold number 30 jersey hanging in my closet for years, but it may be time to hang it up for good. For a team that is entering a “re-building” phase that will not be a major postseason contender for at least a few years, there’s no reason to keep a player like Ryan Miller around. Being one of the highest paid goalies in the league and the second highest paid player on the Buffalo Sabres, his departure from the team will free up a substantial amount of cap room that will allow the Sabres to make some serious off-season moves. Miller is still playing great hockey and will definitely add tremendous value to another team that can better utilize his skills as a top tier goaltender. He’s entering the last year of his contract with Buffalo, and if the right offer comes along I think the Sabres will jump all over it. No doubt he’s become a household name here in Western New York, a real fan favorite, but amidst a season that saw the firing of long-term head coach Lindy Ruff, and the dishing of the team’s captain for players of the future, no one is safe in Buffalo anymore. As Jhonas Enroth continues to shine between the pipes for the Sabres, he might be assuming the role of Buffalo’s number one in net as early as next season. Jan. source:

Sabres G Miller uncertain of future in Buffalo

It was Miller’s 500th career game and 269th victory – both franchise records. Miller would prefer to stay in a town he’s grown fond of since making his Sabres debut during the 2002-03 season. But the former Michigan State star and 2010 Vezina Trophy winner says he’ll be at peace with whatever happens. ”Just trying to be open to any opportunity,” said Miller, who became the NHL’s 20th goalie to play 500 games with one team. ”If it’s to be in Buffalo, I’m going to savor my whole career somewhere I like to be. That’s great,” he said. ”If it’s somewhere else, I’m going to have to accept it and move on. That’s sports.” Regier hasn’t specifically discussed his intentions regarding Miller or leading scorer Thomas Vanek , who also has one year left on his contract. The Sabres, however, have adopted a policy of acquiring assets for players not deemed part of their long-term plans. And Regier did suggest after trading Pominville to Minnesota this month that he might not be done retooling the roster. Vanek is also unsure of his future, and reiterated on Saturday he’s not interested in staying in Buffalo if the team intends to start from scratch. source:

Sabres forward Hecht retires after ten years in Buffalo

(AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht announced his retirement Friday night after the Sabres’ 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. The 35-year-old German is a 14-year veteran who spent the last 10 years of his career in Buffalo. He also played for the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers. He signed a one-year contract before this season after being limited to 22 games last season due to post-concussion symptoms. “The last few weeks, I kind of decided, or we, my family, decided to go back and start our life in Germany,” Hecht said. “That’s where we want to go back.” Hecht finished with five goals and nine assists in 47 games this season and was the Sabres’ final shootout participant Friday. He had 186 goals and 277 assists in 833 career regular-season games, and added 14 goals and 18 assists in 59 playoff games. Copyright 2013 Associated Press . All rights reserved. source:


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