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Darcy Regier has made a few moves this offseason, but he is far from done. Buffalo still has about eight million left to spent before it reaches the maximum salary cup.

Everything has slowed down around the NHL recently, due to the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. Once that is over, expect Regier and the Sabres to make a few more moves.

Buffalo has already seen the addition of Jordan Leopold and Rob Niedermayer, two solid signings that should help the team. The Sabres also re-signed Patrick Lalime for another year. Lalime put up respectable numbers, but only went 4-8-2 last year.

While many Buffalo fans may not feel confident with Lalime in net, he is a veteran backup who Ryan Miller looks to for advice. Lalime is a great presence in the locker room, and is not a bad choice as a backup. His number slipped down a bit due to the time off between starts.

Buffalo still has a shot at obtaining Tomas Kaberle on defense. With him and Leopold replacing Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman, the defense would be improved. Craig Rivet may miss the start of the regular season, which may allow Mike Weber to see some playing time.

David Perron from the St.Louis Blues has been drawing interest from the Sabres. He is only 22 years old and has played three seasons in the NHL. He has put up 98 points in the past two years, and is a solid, consitent, left winger that would fit nicely on the Sabres.

Buffalo and Calgary have also been rumored in trade talks. The Flames are interested in Derek Roy and a prospect, while the Sabres may be looking at Robyn Regehr and a couple of others.

The Sabres still need some help on offense. A top-line center would really help out the entire team. Roy is the ideal candidate for a trade and his cap hit of four million would be nice to get rid of.

Buffalo has a chance to acquire three or four more solid players. It is just whether or not Regier will actually come through this time. He has money to spend, so it is expected that he will do something soon.

Buffalo is not far from becoming a solid team. You can argue that they already are. The Sabres finished third in the conference this past season, mainly because of its goaltending and defense. As stated before, Buffalo has already replace Tallinder and Lydman, so the defense remains the same.

If the Sabres do acquire Kaberle, it would be a significant plus on defense. Pairing him up with Myers would make for a solid defensive core.

On offense, the Sabres could add one or two more names, but they need to score. Tyler Ennis may get a full time spot in the roster, based on his performance towards the end of last season.

Hopefully Regier has some offers ready to go, and Buffalo is not far from seeing some changes in the near future.
Filed Under:   Regier   Leopold   Myers   Kaberle  
July 12, 2010 4:06 PM ET | Delete
trading roy would leave a hole up the middle...word on the street is that sharp may now be in play because of the hjalmarsson match...even if the hawks waive huet, they'll only have less than $6m to fill seven spots...
July 12, 2010 4:08 PM ET | Delete
roy and a prospect for regehr?...yeah, i'd do it...myers/regehr would make for an outstanding top-pair...
July 12, 2010 4:17 PM ET | Delete
as for sharp?...idk...kennedy could help replace the departed andrew ladd...weber could replace sopel or sekera could fill a 5/6 spot on d...enroth could step in as niemi's back-up...grand total could be around $3m...the aforementioned players could be a good base to start a trade with
July 12, 2010 4:25 PM ET | Delete
Good Job not saying the D word. (Domin...) As soon as I saw that the Hawks matched. Sharp came to mind. Go get 'em Darcy. I'd like to start the season with 4 new Centers. McCormick, Nieds and dump Connolly and Roy and get two more.
July 12, 2010 4:59 PM ET | Delete
Why in the hell would we trade Roy??? and for Regehr???? no way.
July 12, 2010 5:07 PM ET | Delete
Regier should be done....as in finished career with the Sabres. He's not doing chit except making excuses.The Sabres would be making a huge mistake trading away Roy....he's too good for his salary/contract....even though the b atch disappeared in the playoffs..i still want him in the team. Now Connolly...pitiful.Adding Kaberle with Leopold would not be an improvement over Hank and Tony...our D got worse. Plus no way Kaberla is coming to Buffalo. He doesn't play good D!!!
July 12, 2010 5:41 PM ET | Delete
why trade roy?...because in three years many will be saying, "why the hell didn't regier trade him when his value was highest?...wtf!...now we're stuck paying $5.5m for a second-line center who may give us 20-25 goals and 65 pts in the regular season yet still hasn't figured out how to score when it counts!....jeezz, i've had enough of his soft, dipsy-doodle turnovers!!!"
July 12, 2010 5:46 PM ET | Delete
as for regehr?...why not...he's anti-core...he is a top-pairing d-man who can shutdown the oppositions top-line...he can hold the fort while myers jumps into the play...and, because he's anti-core, he'll protect his goalie and his teammates...plus, he costs $2m less than roy over the next three seasons...did i mention he was anti-core?
July 12, 2010 7:21 PM ET | Delete
This is Darcy were talking about. He is definitely done. He's probably on vacation now until September
July 12, 2010 9:39 PM ET | Delete
Because despite his numbers and cap friendly contract he is a diving wuss and he like Connolly disappeared when it counted. When 2 call ups from the Pirates make a bigger impact than the "core" Time to replace the core.
July 13, 2010 1:09 AM ET | Delete
We'd love to have Roy
July 13, 2010 1:24 AM ET | Delete
July 13, 2010 8:30 AM ET | Delete
um im pretty sure almost everyone knows that thomas kaberle is wayyyy better than both lydman and tallinder, mr siket71
July 13, 2010 9:01 AM ET | Delete
not sold on kaberle...yeah, he's got skill, great passer, less-than-stellar on d...no physicality whatsoever...the "new nhl-era" is a thing of the past, take away the '05/6 and '06/7 immediate-post lock-out years of "hands-off-hockey" and you get a d-man who averages a little over 40 pts/gm...
July 13, 2010 9:10 AM ET | Delete
not saying that the sabres couldn't use more production from the back-end, nor am i saying that hank or toni were better...am saying that kaberel's a "soft-but-skilled" player who's relegated to a "pp-specialist" in a stronger/tougher/thighter post-"new nhl" league...kinda like ales kotalik
July 13, 2010 12:27 PM ET | Delete
Hahaha @Sabrescupwin08: That is my article that you found on Bleacher Report. Check out the author of the article on bleacher report. Look at the about me and then compare it to my hockeybuzz profile here: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/user.php?user_id=72562
July 13, 2010 1:10 PM ET | Delete
I don't like Kaberle for the very reason mentioned above by bOsO01....he's a soft dman...i would go with Hank or Tony over him any day mr snowman.Here's some real news i haven't seen b4....I harped on him all year for his seemingly lackadasical play....Have ya'll read Vanek's blog.....says alot about why he disappeared for long stretches last season....the playoff injury was alot worst than was let on...stay healthy this year Seven Million Dollar Man. http://thomasvanek.at/ind...Pid]=2
July 13, 2010 1:14 PM ET | Delete
Its the "I never had so many injuries" interview....the link doesn't seem to want to copy over. Maybe this might work...http://thomasvanek.at/index.php?id=31
July 13, 2010 2:07 PM ET | Delete
what about sharp
July 13, 2010 8:45 PM ET | Delete
I am starting to think that everyone that posts on here is 12 years old and never had a job, had to pay bills and any bit of responsibility in life, other than picking up their toys in ma's basement. Let me let you in on something...Buffalo isn't cheap, Darcy is not an idiot. We could do way, way worse.
July 14, 2010 10:20 AM ET | Delete
y,y,zed...regier is not an idiot...but he is passive and gun-shy...the last trade of significance was back in 2003 (drury,) and he didn't want to pull the trigger on that one...he did not want to give up ballard...it was larry quinn who "forced" him to...
July 14, 2010 10:28 AM ET | Delete
not only that, it's the type of players he's enamored with either through his early drafts (e.g. max, al, hank, kalinin)...all of them soft-but-skilled...and it's the type of team he's built...roy, staff, hecht, pomminville, connolly, sekera...all supposedly "top-end" players...all of the same ilk...all vanilla...
July 14, 2010 10:30 AM ET | Delete
add to that his deadline-deals...the past three years, second-round picks gone for, in order, a one-game sensation (bernier) who was nothing more than stafford, a center who had a broken hand (moore) and a "rugged" winger who came to buffalo out of shape...blame regier, or blame jon chrisiano for not doing his homework...
July 14, 2010 10:33 AM ET | Delete
had dean lombardi not written the name of colton teubert on a napkin at the '08 draft, tyler myers would be with the kings...at the insistence of kevin devine, regier was "forced" to take a serious look at trading-up and drafting myers...even then he left it to chance with his passive "napkin-exchange" (have at it with that one, guys)...
July 14, 2010 10:40 AM ET | Delete
he's good...but he's plateaued...doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to take it to the next level...imo................................hope he proves me wrong in a big way
July 14, 2010 11:58 AM ET | Delete
I dont think theyll be able to add a top center. Maybe someone like Sharp who will help the top 6
July 14, 2010 3:28 PM ET | Delete
why would we trade roy(our top scorer the past two season) for Regehr? dumbest thing ive heard so far..
July 14, 2010 3:31 PM ET | Delete
pope of pucks is an idiot! mccormick, rob N and two other 4th line players as our centers? Haha.. we'll score prob .89 goals a game...
July 17, 2010 6:47 PM ET | Delete
not ban ?
July 17, 2010 6:49 PM ET | Delete
Teemu Selanne is he going to sign with the ducks ? or is he looking for a playoff team to sign
July 17, 2010 7:45 PM ET | Delete
Sabrescupwin08 KevinJames is Freiheit BtwSomeone needs to apologizehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kmejjlS5eA
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