Regier Offers Updates On Sekera’s Arbitration & Other Situations
Previously a sore subject for Sabres fans, Darcy Regier today sought to quiet the chatter surrounding defenseman Andrej Sekera’s decision to seek arbitration. Speaking from a position of confidence, Regier told reporters that there is a framework in place to get the contract done before Sekera’s July 25th hearing.
The general manager also spoke with patience instead of haste when discussing the status of Tyler Myers’ extension (“I don’t feel like we’re at the point where we have to get it done”) as well as re-signing Marc-Andre Gragnani and Jhonas Enroth (“We continue to have conversations with them”). He cautioned that Zack Kassian needs to bring more polish to his game before he can be considered NHL ready.
Darcy also spent a fair bit of time talking about the various positions of need within the Amerks organization. He commented on whether Brian McCutcheon will coach in the AHL (“No, I think we’re going to look at bringing in someone from the outside”), a time frame of when that role will be filled (“We will work on that in the course of the next two weeks”), if Eric Weinrich will remain with the organization (“Eric will remain with us in a scouting/development capacity”), and if the AHL roster is almost done (“If we can add some scoring, we’d like to do that”). Regier said that he’d like to re-sign Matt Ellis to add leadership to Rochester, but that the veteran is looking at options that may return him full-time to the NHL.