'“Marc-Andre Gragani is an offensively-gifted player who will fit in well with the Sabres organization,” explains Regier. “He is an excellent skater with a good shot, and he moves the puck well, as evidenced by the great offensive numbers he’s posted during his four years in junior.”'
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'Marc-Andre Gragnani came to terms with the club. He's an offensive defenseman that played in the Quebec League with Prince Edward Island. In 65 games, the 20-year old scored 22 goals and 48 assists. He's 6'1, 180 and was drafted by the Sabres in the third round of the 2005 draft. Buffalo passed on their second round pick that season, winger Philippe Gogulla of Germany and 2003 second round pick winger Branislav Fabry of Slovakia.'
'The rumour is that both Regier and Ruff are taking their time in contract talks to see what direction the organization is headed and to test the waters regarding what's available outside of HSBC Arena and that's held up everything including contract negotiations with players.'
'Reaching the conference finals in consecutive years is impressive, but it has become increasingly clear the Sabres need at least one bruiser on defense, maybe two, and a couple of more bangers on their top three lines. Teams loaded with speed and skill can get through the regular season because talent will carry them through. It’s different in the playoffs, where checking is tighter and officials are less likely to make calls that could determine the outcome.'
'The Buffalo Sabres have until 5 p.m. Friday to sign three draft choices or lose their rights: second-round pick Branislav Fabry, 2005 second-round pick Philippe Gogulla and 2005 third-round pick Marc-Andre Gragnani.'