Originally written July 06, 2012 on Queen City Sports:
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photo by Getty Images The Buffalo Sabres are going to have to look elsewhere if they’re going to add that pure scorer they covet. According to multiple sources, the Sabres have pulled themselves out of the Bobby Ryan competition. The reason being the price was getting to become to high, and Buffalo didn’t want to be part of a bidding war that would cost them much more than originally thought. A couple of days ago, if you recall, I posted a story about the chances becoming slimmer and slimmer the longer the negotiations went. Well, last night they officially hit a breaking point. With teams like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and New Jersey now in the race for the 30-goal scorer, the price began to get to high for Regier to accommodate. The reported price for Ryan was a second line center, an NHL defenseman, and a high prospect before the Parise sweeps ended. Once he signed in Minnesota, it became apparent that Anaheim was going to ask for much more which Buffalo wanted no part of. The Sabres may put their name back in the hat if Ryan is still a Duck in 2-3 weeks, but it all depends on the price tag.  Buffalo will now look too another team to acquire depth, I’m being told they are currently talking to a Northwest Division team who covets Drew Stafford. For the right price, the Sabres will part with the one-time 30 goal scorer.  
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