Sabres trades overshadow first-round selections

Via: AP

'In the process, Buffalo shed Kozlov's $2.35 million salary, while Hecht will make $575,000 next season…"Let's face it, there are economics," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said. "Another factor was the likelihood of having to deal Kozlov at next year's trading deadline, or risk losing him to free agency. I'm a lot more comfortable with the younger player we will have for the foreseeable future," Regier said. "And we got more value now than we would have at the deadline."'