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January 5, 2012 | 10:20am ET
Quiet crowd in Buffalo won't stop trade talks

Although the First Niagara Center in Buffalo has been sold out for most of the season, the Sabres' arena has become one of the quieter NHL buildings as the team has lost 13 of its 22 home games

"It sure seems like it," left wing Thomas Vanek told the Buffalo News. "(Fans are) great at times. When the game is good and we score a few big goals in a row, then it gets going. But a lot of times it's pretty flat."

While fans have been quiet around the rink, many are hoping that management hasn't stop talking to find a quick solution to the club's 18-17-4 record.

The Sabres were expected an easier ride to the playoffs with the likes of newly-acquired defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Robyn Regher, and forward Ville Leino, but several injuries cause them to struggle early in the season.

The club has fallen four points out of a playoff spot and the potential long-term absence of Ehrhoff due to an upper-body injury could push GM Darcy Regier to investigate the trade market.

Center Derek Roy continues to be the main trade bait with one-year remaining on his contract beyond this season at a cap hit of $4 million.

Meanwhile, blueliner Tyler Myers and Leino, who were both sidelined with injuries, are likely to return to the lineup over the weekend and could provide Regier with a better idea of his assets and needs in time for the deadline.

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