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June 19, 2012 | 10:13am ET
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After a disappointing season and the pressing need to make the playoffs next year, the Sabres are not looking to enter the NHL Draft in a rebuilding mode, the Buffalo News reports.

Though GM Darcy Regier holds four of the top 44 picks, including the 12th and 21st overall selections, he is expected to use this arsenal to acquire some NHL-ready players.

"We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team," Regier told the News. "Some of the names you hear that are out there, we've had conversations with those teams. I think it's way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. There are a lot of teams like us in similar positions."

Though Regier did not mention any names, the Sabres could become just another contender in the Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Rick Nash-sweepstakes as the team were first interested in him during the 2002 NHL Draft.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal could also be a nice fit in Buffalo, but the Pens are expected to fight hard on extending his contract, while speculation suggests that he could be headed to Carolina to join his brother and Hurricanes captain, Eric.

Meanwhile, Regier is likely to keep forward Derek Roy as trade bait, though the GM has not listed any of his players as untouchables.

"There's some obvious guys we don't have any interest in talking about right now and you can figure out who they are," he said. "But I make it a practice to call teams and ask them for players that I assume they're not willing to trade, nor do they want to trade. And other GMs do the same with me."

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