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Is Jochen Hecht Getting The Cold Shoulder From The Sabres?

from Bill Hoppe of the Niagra Gazette,

The Sabres, of course, also have their own free agents.

Regier said earlier this month it was “probably less likely than likely” forwards Brad Boyes and Jochen Hecht, the notable unrestricted veterans, would return.

Roland Thompson, Hecht’s agent, told the Gazette on Saturday that he’s only spoken to Regier once recently, at the NHL Combine, and he was told the Sabres hadn’t “had a chance to discuss” Hecht’s status.

The 35-year-old Hecht, the longest-tenured Sabre at 10 years, endured three concussions over a 10-month span recently, including two last season.

Hecht made his 22nd and final appearance of 2011-12 on Jan. 21. Thompson said he’s “now 100 percent healthy; he’s had clearance from the doctor.”

“I’m just disappointed that a player that’s given 10 years of his career … there wouldn’t be some kind of personal interaction to say thanks,” said Thompson, who’s “not sure if that’s the right way to exit a guy from the organization.”

more on Buffalo’s plans during the UFA period…

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Primis's avatar

Why would anyone ever sign to play in Buffalo?  They treat their players terrible.

Hecht has been nothing but a good, loyal, hard-working soldier for them for years now and all the Sabres ever seem to do is treat him like crap.  They blame him for his injuries (that he often gets from just playing so hard and actually trying), they say he underperforms (when truth is he’s a pretty consistent, dependable performer when healthy), and now they do this to him.

Nothing has changed in Buffalo folks, nothing.  They’re still a joke and will remain so until the new owner finally starts swinging axes at heads in the front office and puts the Sabres out of their misery.

Posted by Primis on 07/01/12 at 12:19 AM ET

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