'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."'
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'Atlanta also acquired Buffalo's 41st overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 31st and 82nd selections.'
'Paille jumped three spots to finish the season as NHL Central Scouting's 12th-ranked North American prospect. The runner-up as best body checker in the Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference, the 6-foot, 200-pounder has been likened to Boston Bruins' prospect Andy Hilbert.'
'Ballard was ranked just 19th among North American prospects by NHL Central Scouting after helping Minnesota capture the NCAA championships as a freshman. Slightly undersized at 5-11 and 196 pounds, Ballard is an offensive-minded defenseman who had 22 goals and 29 assists in 56 games with Omaha of the U.S. Hockey League in 2000-01.'
'The move is seen as the first step toward the sale of the Sabres. It does not, however, appear to be the first step toward the sale of the Sabres to Paul Allen and a move to Portland. Although the timing is interesting, given the City Council's likely approval next week of an incentive deal requested by Trail Blazers executives and designed to make Portland more attractive for relocation, there is little evidence the Sabres will become Portland's team.'
'[Q:] Can anyone run the team at anywhere near the break-even mark? [A:] The key may lie in the new owner's also purchasing the Empire Sports Network and control of the HSBC Arena lease.'
'For the second offseason in a row, the Sabres could make a major splash by trading a goaltender, easily the team's deepest position. Superstar Dominik Hasek was dealt last year. This time it could be one of the prized prospects: Mika Noronen or Ryan Miller.'