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GM, Ruff finalizing new deals

Pen finally meets paper for Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff.

The long-awaited contract extensions for the Sabres' general manager and coach will be finalized as early as today, with the official announcement coming as soon as Thursday.

"I've been out of town, get back [today] and maybe we'll get something done," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said Tuesday by phone from New York.

"We expect to get something done, but we're not done yet. Hopefully, we will be soon."

Regier told The News last week in Ottawa that contracts for the duo were well on their way to completion. The longest-tenured pair in Sabres history got its start in the summer of 1997, and it's expected Regier and Ruff will be together for at least two more years.

The Sabres have advanced to one Stanley Cup and three Eastern Conference finals under the GM and coach. Ruff was named the NHL's coach of the year last June and will try to repeat as the Jack Adams Trophy winner Thursday night during the league's awards ceremony in Toronto.

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