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Sabres build on stability, extend GM Regier

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 4:09 PM / News

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Sabres build on stability, extend GM Regier
The stability that the Buffalo Sabres have experienced for the better part of the past two decades will continue into the foreseeable future.

The stability that the Buffalo Sabres have experienced for the better part of the past two decades will continue into the foreseeable future.

On Saturday afternoon, team owner Terry Pegula announced the club had signed long-time general manager Darcy Regier to a contract extension. Regier, who has been the Buffalo GM since 1997, was last extended in 1997. Details of the new extension were not released by the team.

"Darcy's a talented guy," Pegula told reporters Saturday. "I know from some of the stuff I read not everyone agrees with that. But he's got all the resources now. We work very well, and we look forward to the future. We have a great communication in our hockey department. No egos. Everyone's pulling in the same direction, and it's a very good situation. … It really runs very well behind curtains."

Regier also expressed his pleasure at extending what has been a very successful run in Buffalo

"I am very grateful and honored to be able to continue in this capacity working with this ownership," Regier told the Buffalo News. " … I think the beautiful thing about this organization is we continue to grow, continue to improve."

At the top of Regier's docket, he says, is determining what the future holds for three franchise players: goalie Ryan Miller, captain Jason Pominville and winger Thomas Vanek. Contracts for each of those players expire at the end of the 2013-14 season.

"It's something we'll continue to work on and review and we move forward," Regier said. "But it's obviously in our focus."

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