Nick Kypreos has been around the NHL for a quarter century between his playing and broadcasting careers so you can safely assume he’s made a few connections along the way. He’s well spoken has friends across the league and knows how to use a telephone. Rest assured he has better things to do with his idle time than dreaming up bogus rumors about the Sabres just for kicks. He’s not going to waste precious television air time because he’s trying to make life difficult for the worst team in the league. It doesn’t work that way. Kypreos spoke to people who told him that Darcy Regier could be in trouble. He didn’t say it was imminent. He shared what he heard with his coworkers at Sportsnet. They determined the information was solid enough before Kypreos passed it along to viewers. It was a planned segment not some unexpected knee-jerk reaction. “In a perfect world the ownership group in Buffalo would have rather have waited up until Christmas but I’m hearing that the decision could come a lot sooner and they ultimately will make the change” Kypreos said. “They’re feeling the heat from the fans that’s for sure.” Could the information be wrong? It’s possible but bet your life savings that the information came from someone who A) Kypreos trusts and B) would know. Otherwise the people around him if not his own conscience would steer him toward one of the other 29 teams that are far more newsworthy. And just so you know there was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo. Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday the two sides had considered or were considering a major swap. People talk. The word gets around. Once it became clear to me Wednesday that the information wasn’t drummed up on some fan website or at the bar or heaven knows where else this stuff originates I decided to share it with you. And it makes sense. Regier has an affinity for players taken high in the draft for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. It goes back to J.P. Dumont and Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt. Yakupov 20 selected with the first pick overall in 2012 is an easy sell to a guy like Regier. Regier also has a very good relationship with Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson. I’ve been told numerous times over the years that they consider each other among their best friends. Maury Gare Danny’s brother and the Oilers’ top scout lives in Western New York and is quite familiar with the Sabres.
Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek on Oilers' radar for Nail Yakupov?
Buffalo News | Oct 17