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April 4, 2013 | 10:34am ET
Miller, Vanek could move in summer
TheFourthPeriod.com

As the Sabres begin to reshape their roster for the future, two of their remaining star players are expected to be shipped out this off-season.

Goaltender Ryan Miller and sniper Thomas Vanek attracted plenty of interest leading up to Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline, but deals for either player didn't pan out.

The Sabres did move captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild yesterday in exchange for two top prospects -- goalie Matt Hackett and forward Johan Larsson -- a first round pick and a second round pick, and shipped defensemen Jordan Leopold to St. Louis and Robyn Regehr to Los Angeles in the days leading up to deadline day.

With a young core led by the likes of Tyler Myers, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis and top prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, Sabres GM Darcy Regier is working towards a rebuild, one that might take a few years.

Miller and Vanek both have one-year remaining on their current contracts and it's believed neither will look to sign an extension with the club.

Several teams showed "significant" interest in Miller, one league source told TFP, while some teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers, inquired about Vanek.

"(Talks) will continue after the season," Regier told the Buffalo News. "To what extent has yet to be determined."

"It's difficult standing here right now to say (the rebuild is) 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."

Trade talks could pick up steam around the NHL Draft in late-June, when many teams focus on retooling their rosters and use this time to facilitate moves.


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