"That's the nature of the new NHL," Regier said. "The expectation from the players side is that the cap is going to go up. To the extent that the cap goes up, it may be beneficial for them to wait for the unrestricted market."
Miller, who has played 500 games with the Sabres, left the door open to re-signing long-term.
"You start to see a situation here where you can build something good, something that's going to last," Miller said. "That's what I want to be a part of, whether this is the last season I can make a difference or it's going to continue forward. I just want to make sure that I'm a positive influence on this team moving forward and that Buffalo has a lot of success or a foundation to build success on in the future, because I do care about this area and the people. I do believe they deserve to be cheering for a team deep into June.
"My hope is that we can do that this year."
Hodgson is part of that foundation. He's a fourth-year player, whom the Sabres acquired in a trade with Vancouver in February 2012.
We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organization's success," Regier said in a statement released by the team.
Regier said he's also had preliminary discussions with the agent for forward Steve Ott about a contract extension. The veteran center, acquired in a trade from Dallas last offseason, is in the final year of his deal.
"I want to be here," Ott said. "I love the organization, the sense of where it's going, the young guys, the stable full of prospects. As you add pieces and continue to build the team, I see the uphill climb beginning very shortly."
NOTES: Coach Ron Rolston completed his staff by hiring former Harvard assistant Jerry Forton, a Buffalo native who has also worked at UMass-Lowell and Niagara. . Rolston said he will choose his captains at the end of training camp after rotating the captaincy for preseason games. . The Sabres will hold their first on-ice session Thursday and play their first preseason game Sunday in Montreal. ... Buffalo opens the regular season at Detroit on Oct. 2.
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