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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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By Pierre LeBrun

The Buffalo Sabres waived their captain Craig Rivet Wednesday and hope he finds a new NHL home out of it.

"It really came down to the likelihood of him getting into our lineup [he's been scratched a lot this season], and hopefully giving him an opportunity to play [elsewhere]," Sabres GM Darcy Regier told Wednesday. "We'll know more at noon tomorrow and we'll go from there."

No team contacted Regier and asked him to waive Rivet. The Sabres GM discussed this move with Rivet's agent Pat Morris on Tuesday morning. Rivet, 36, is earning $3.5 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Fans from the Blackhawks and Canucks were especially asking me Wednesday whether their teams would be interested in Rivet. The answer is no. But hopefully Rivet finds a home somewhere. He's a quality person.

The Sabres, meanwhile, continue to examine ways to improve their team before next Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. But it's clear they're not in the market for a rental player [players who are UFA July 1].

"Where we are, we have to take a longer-view of both trying to make playoffs and helping ourselves for next season at a minimum," Regier said.

In other words, any player the Sabres acquire between now and next Monday will be signed at least through next season.

"That's the goal," Regier said.