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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres
As Buffalo Sabres prospects worked through Day Four of Development Camp at Dwyer Arena today, general manager Darcy Regier addressed the media on a number of subjects including Andrej Sekera’s pending arbitration hearing. It was announced today that Sekera’s case will be heard July 25 in Toronto, but Regier is confident it won’t get that far.

“Our conversations have been good so far with Andrej and his representative Allen Walsh. I think there’s a basis for getting a contract done so I’m not overly concerned about the arbitration process with him.”

Other topics that Regier spoke about today included:

The potential of signing Tyler Myers to a new contract:
“We’ll touch base with them at some point in the next month. It’s something we’d like to have conversations about. I don’t think we’re at the point where we feel like we have to get it done; I think it has to work for both sides.”

The logjam at defense and how it affects players like Drew Schiestel and TJ Brennan:
“It doesn’t change their NHL readiness. I think both players will play in the National Hockey League, and I think both will play for the Buffalo Sabres. But there’s a reality that there is a competition for jobs. There are six jobs on a given night, and we’ll carry seven or eight defensemen. In their case, their focus has to be on improving to the point where they’re pushing for jobs. Those things tend to take care of themselves.”

Contract talks with Marc-Andre Gragnani and Jhonas Enroth:
“We continue to have conversations with them.”

What he’d like to see in Zack Kassian:
"A little more polish on the ice. I think in his case, not unlike others, it’s really all about the maturity level where you develop the professionalism and consistency on a day to day basis. And bring the corresponding play with it as well.”

Is Brian McCutcheon a candidate for the Rochester head coach job?
"No, I think we’re going to look at bringing in someone from the outside in that situation. We’ll work on (filling that position) over the course of the next two weeks.”

Any progress on filling the associate coach position vacated by McCutcheon?
“That’s something Lindy has been doing a lot of work on, and I know he’s talked to a lot of people.”

Is there a timetable for making trades or signing more players?
“We’re not aggressively pursuing anything. I think if we can find ways to improve the hockey club via trades probably in a more likely scenario, we’ll continue to work on that over the course of the summer. We’ll have to see how it plays out. I think there’ll be a secondary market with some of the unrestricted free agents. When that settles out you may see a little more active trade market. But that’ll depend on other teams as well.

Has he spoken to Matt Ellis about re-signing with the organization?
“I’ve expressed to Matt and his agent that we’d love to have him back in the organization. His professionalism and his leadership is special. But I think he’s going to look at any opportunity he can in order to give himself the best chance to play at the NHL level.”

Regier also said that former Portland Pirates assistant coach Eric Weinrich will remain with Buffalo in a scouting/development capacity.

(Thanks to Paul Hamilton of WGR550 for providing us with the audio file)
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