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02-07-2013, 11:13 AM
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Darcy's extension 5 years - Per LeBrun

"Iíve talked to some GMs the last few days," Regier told Wednesday afternoon. "Itís a pretty quiet market right now. A number of teams have very small things they want to do, quite honestly, with the hope that whether itís with their players or our players, theyíre going to get them on track because of their previous history of them being a lot better. That kind of leaves it where weíre saying, 'Letís touch base again later in the week or later on.' Teams sitting in positions similar to us are hoping to turn it around with the group that they have and then in the event they donít, looking at the trade market. But as you said, itís pretty soft right now."

And so while Regier works the phones, heís hoping the answer comes from within the roster he assembled. The 3-6-1 Sabres, who began the season 2-0, host the rival Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in what amounts to a must-win even just a quarter into this shortened season.

It starts with playing a little defense. The Sabres are dead last in the NHL in goals against, allowing an average of 3.70 a game.

"We have to focus our efforts on the defending side, more on stopping goals than scoring goals, and thatís from the goaltending position on out," said Regier. "Itís a team effort. It hasnít always been the same reasons but theyíre linked. The good thing is that, thatís something Lindyís good at, fixing the defensive side of the game. Thatís work we have to do and thatís how weíre going to get better."

Lindy Ruff has been the head coach in Buffalo since 1997. A growing number of Sabres fans -- growing further from last season, when Buffalo missed the playoffs -- would like to see a change behind the bench. But thatís not the plan, Regier said.

"Weíre working hard to get this turned around after 10 games," said Regier, who was signed to a five-year extension last month. "And weíll continue working on it as a team. I have full confidence that the work Lindy and I will do will get it done."

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