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Next stop: Pominville

Ryan Miller signed Friday and GM Darcy Regier said the focus now turns to Jason Pominville. He's making $1.375 million this year and will then be a restricted free agent.

"I'm hoping he wants to stay like [Paul] Gaustad and [Ryan] Miller and I have no reason to believe otherwise," Regier said. "I had a brief conversation with him last week and [Thursday]. We'll get to work on that."

Because Pominville will only be an RFA next summer, the Sabres hold a lot more cards with him than Miller or any potential UFA. Still, they want to get him locked up longterm and would be wise to do that before he gets in the 100-point range.

Derek Roy got a six-year, $24 million deal prior to last season. I would certainly say Pominville may be worthy of being a $4 million player as well, perhaps more. How about four years, $18 million? Or maybe, for old times sake, kick the can again for five years-$25 million? (Relax, just kidding. Couldn't resist).

You be Darcy. Make Pominville an offer in the comments section.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

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