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SBD/April 4, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NHL Trade Deadline Passes Quietly As Cap, Shorter Season Tighten Market
Published April 4, 2013
STARTING OVER: In Buffalo, Bucky Gleason writes Sabres GM Darcy Regier “didn’t want to use the R-word while announcing that” RW Jason Pominville had been traded to the Wild for two prospects and two draft picks. Gleason: “Reloading, retooling, reworking, reconstructing, take your pick.” Now that the Sabres “can’t get much worse, it’s only a matter of time before the slightest improvement is sold as monumental progress. It’s ridiculous.” They have been “grossly mismanaged for years.” Regier is "in his 16th season and is still learning lessons the hard way, but his mistakes come without repercussion.” Managing a hockey team "isn’t about spending the most. It’s about spending the wisest.” With the Sabres “not getting a bang commensurate with the buck,” Regier “has been exposed.” It “doesn’t take much for a general manager to lose leverage, as Regier found out this season” (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/4). Regier said, “It’s difficult standing here right now to say it’s going to be a year or two years. We’re going to work as hard as we can at this and get it done as quickly as possible” (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/4).