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REGIER UPDATES RIVET SITUATION

Wednesday, 02.23.2011 / 7:48 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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REGIER UPDATES RIVET SITUATION
Sabres defenseman and captain Craig Rivet was placed on waivers by the club on Wednesday, a move General Manager Darcy Regier addressed in the HSBC Arena press box prior to the game against the Thrashers.

Craig Rivet
“We wanted to give him an opportunity to play.  I spoke with (Craig’s) agent yesterday morning and he had expressed a trade,” Regier said.  “We tried to move him through a trade, and unfortunately weren’t able to and so, this is the next step in helping him resume his career in a playing way. 

“The only way we’re going to be able to give him an opportunity to play, and it doesn’t look likely here, is to put him on waivers.”

Teams will have until 12 noon on Thursday to claim Rivet.  If he is not claimed, Regier said they would make a determination on how to proceed on Thursday.  He also stated another factor in the decision was that Rivet did not figure into the team’s future plans after this season.

“The (upcoming) trade deadline has a way of making you examine the balance of the season and preparing for next season and the reality, unfortunately, is he wasn’t going to be a part of next season here,” Regier said.  “We’ve got some young guys in Portland that we may want to have a look at and this is one of the things that we have to do beyond giving him the opportunity to play somewhere.

“You handle (the situation) with a lot of respect.  This was something that he wanted as well.  He wanted the opportunity to play, and when you can’t provide it for him here, the step is to try and trade him, then to put him on waivers and we’ll know at 12 noon (Thursday) whether or not it’s successful.”

Rivet has appeared in 23 games for the Sabres this season and has registered three points (1-2-3), but has not played since Jan. 11 against Philadelphia.  The 36-year-old is in his 16th NHL season and third with the Sabres.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82