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April 27, 2013 | 10:31am ET
A new beginning for Buffalo

The reshaping of the Sabres began at the beginning of the month and will carry well into the off-season, and several more significant changes are expected.

On April 3, the Sabres traded captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild and yesterday veteran Jochen Hecht announced his retirement.

"Everything comes to an end," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller told the Buffalo News. "It's not always clean and easy. Most of the time, it's a little bit dirty and not any fun. It was hard to watch these guys kind of leave a team one by one, but it's the nature of sports, nature of life. You can't just hold on to something that's not sustainable. Everything becomes stagnant if you're always trying to hold on to one thing.

"You have to keep searching. You have to keep talking to people, meeting people, living life. That's when things happen for you. That's when things like winning a championship can happen is when you accept that you can't just hold on. You have to let go a little bit."

Miller, who played in his 500th career NHL game on Friday, is part of the upcoming changes expected to be made this off-season.

The Sabres are expected to trade Miller this summer, and the veteran netminder seems to have accepted the inevitable.

"The stuff he's done for this organization and this team over a lot of years now, it's pretty special for him to get the 500th and get it here at home," Sabres defenseman Mike Weber told the News.

In addition to Miller, though, the Sabres are also expected to field calls for forwards Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford, while the team has the option of buying out two other players this summer and not have their salaries count against the cap.

Vanek, who has one-year remaining on his contract, is not expected to sign an extension with the Sabres, according to a league source, while the Sabres tried to move Stafford before the trade deadline.

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