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The Sabres already began adding to their lineup at the NHL draft last weekend, when they swung a deal to acquire veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr and forward Ales Kotalik in a trade with Calgary.

Earlier Wednesday, Pegula emphasized his desire to improve his team.

“I think we’re going to be reasonably aggressive. We’ll be right in there with, I think, most other teams,” Pegula said following a news conference in which he was introduced as the new owner of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.

Pegula even hinted that the Sabres have been well prepared for the start of free agency.

“Well, free agency started a long time ago for us,” Pegula said. “We’ve been working real hard. Obviously, I can’t come up with any names of players. But we’re going to do our best.”

Montador had five goals, 21 assists and 83 penalty minutes in 73 games last season for Buffalo. He has 28 goals, 89 assists and 762 penalty minutes in 519 games with Calgary, Florida, Anaheim, Boston and Buffalo.