'Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn supported Regier's decisions. ''We all took our temperature last week about whether we wanted to go for it, including the players, and from top to bottom, we all said, 'Yeah,''' Quinn said.'
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'"Mike Grier is one of the finest individuals we have ever had in Washington. It was difficult to trade Mike, but as we look to the future, we couldn't pass on the opportunity to acquire Klepis," Capitals general manager George McPhee said.'
'With Friday's season-ending injury to forward Marco Sturm, the Sharks had a need for someone with offensive abilities. Brown has seen time on Buffalo's power play as well as its penalty kill over the years.'
'Buffalo entered the day with 67 points, six behind the eighth-place New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Miroslav Satan, the team's leading goal scorer, has been on the trading block, but the Sabres decided to be buyers instead of sellers. “We could have very easily sold, and a lot of people expected us to sell,'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “We believe we can make it.'''
'The Sabres end up with Jillson, a former first-round pick who has yet to establish himself in the NHL. Also traded at last year's deadline, he scored two goals in Boston's season opener but had just two and 10 assists in 49 games the rest of the campaign.'
'In Jillson, Buffalo gets a tremendously skilled two-way defender who was taken with the 14th overall selection in the 1999 Entry Draft. The 23-year-old defenseman was acquired from San Jose with Jeff Hackett last season for Kyle McLaren. He appeared in 50 games for the Bruins this year, scoring four goals and 10 assists. The defenseman played three seasons at Michigan and was a West Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Star in his final two college campaigns.'
'Brown had spent his entire career with the Sabres until Tuesday's trade to San Jose. "It is part of the business," said Brown. "I don't know what to expect. When I got the call, I was very excited to be part of a group playing so well. The most important time of the season is coming up."'
'The addition of Brown came as good news to Wayne Primeau, who played with Brown for six seasons with the Sabres. "He is a really good guy," said Primeau. "He can play just as well offensively as he can defensively and at only 27 years of age, he has already played in more than 500 NHL games."'
Delmore, who was acquired by San Jose from Buffalo earlier in the day, will remain in Buffalo and join the Bruins as they face the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday, March 11th.
'"Curtis Brown epitomizes the type of player we want around here," said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. "He possesses speed, versatility and character and can play any style of hockey. He accepted his role in Buffalo during his time there. A lot of work went into today's trade deadline and we are pleased with the results."'