Hockey

Sabres extend GM Darcy Regier

The Buffalo Sabres rewarded general manager Darcy Regier with a two-year contract extension on Saturday, tying the executive to the club through the 2010-11 NHL season.

Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier devoted the off-season to locking up two of his key youngsters. Now the team has returned the favour.

Buffalo gave Regier a two-year contract extension on Saturday, tying the executive to the club through the 2010-11 NHL season.

Terms of the deal weren't released.

"We had one piece of big unfinished business," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said. "It's probably the best contract we've done all year."

On Friday, Regier inked high-scoring winger Jason Pominville, 25, to a five-year, $26.5 million US extension.

Franchise goalie Ryan Miller, 28, inked a five-year extension in July worth $31.25 million.

Regier had been determined to avoid a repeat of the 2007 off-season, when he allowed co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury to flee as free agents. The young Sabres then went from Presidents' Trophy winners to missing the playoffs.

Regier also filled holes this summer by trading for experienced defenceman Craig Rivet and signing backup goalie Patrick Lalime.

The Sabres open their 2008-09 campaign on Oct. 10 at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

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