Regier could see what it's like to be Muckler

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

BOSTON -- The Buffalo Sabres are likely going to make a choice next summer that has the potential to backfire on them.

Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, who share the captaincy with the Sabres, are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the off-season.

Yes, the Sabres are focused on winning a Stanley Cup, but you can be guaranteed Briere and Drury are going to want raises from Buffalo GM Darcy Regier next summer.

Briere is making $5 million (all terms US) on a one-year deal he was awarded in arbitration last summer, while Drury is in the final year of a deal that's paying him $3 million.

While it's not known if there have been any discussions with Briere, the word is talks with Drury during training camp didn't go anywhere and have been halted.

Ideally, the Sabres would like to keep both, but that might not be possible if the cap remains at $44 million -- as the club already has $27 million committed to salaries for next season.

Drury and Briere would both command big bucks if they make it to the open market.

There's little to no chance that Regier would trade either player at the deadline because the Sabres look like they're ready to make a deep run into the playoffs.

That would force the Sabres into making a choice in the off-season.

The reality of the cap is it's difficult to keep your team together (see Ottawa GM John Muckler for details) and Buffalo could be next team hit hard.


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