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from the Buffalo News,
“For the record, Darcy Regier did call Pat Brisson in January,” Quinn said Friday. “There was no offer back to us about any kind of discount or anything. So I think we ought to make the record clear on that. If there had been and everybody came together and said, ‘Let’s all chip in,’ we would have tried to figure out a way.”
According to Brisson, the Sabres never called his office at any point during the season. In fact, he hadn’t heard from them since last summer, the day before Briere was awarded a one-year contract worth $5 million. Brisson at the time was pressing the Sabres to sign Briere to a fiveyear deal worth $25 million, which the Sabres rejected.
from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,
I know we’re all supposed to buy the theory that Buffalo’s management is wholly to blame for the departure of the two stars, but I find it difficult to believe that the players’ agents weren’t aware that there would be several pots of gold being stirred by rich and desperate franchises at the end of the season.
I also don’t buy the theory that the departure of Briere is the end of civilization as we know it. Danny is a terrific little player, fun to watch. He’s probably worth the $5 million the Sabres were paying him and another million or so they were prepared to pay him in a new contract. I don’t think he would have been a wise buy at the $10 million the Flyers are going to pay him next season and $52 million overall, especially considering the contract is for eight years.
from Jerry Sulivan of the Buffalo News,
“People ask why we didn’t negotiate with Thomas,” Quinn said. “We didn’t because we didn’t have a party that wanted to, because this was the route they were following. You can tell when discussions get to a certain point that someone has a different option.”
Quinn made it sound as if there had been a long history of talks with Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett. That wasn’t quite the case. Asked when he had begun talks with Bartlett, Regier said, “I’ve had a couple of conversations with him.”
Pressed for more details, Regier said he didn’t have an actual date. Finally, he said, “probably a general one a couple of weeks ago.”
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
“We always had an attitude here that we don’t do these things,” Quinn said at this afternoon’s news conference in HSBC Arena. “When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, if there’s an opportunity to put an offer sheet on a player as long as we’re alive, we’ll be comfortable doing that. They can expect it if it’s in our best interest.”
Lowe wasn’t impressed.
“It’s quite a bold statement by that organization,” the seven-time NHL All-Star said. “I think it’s rather juvenile on their part.
added 9:35pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
This is what life has become for the Edmonton Oilers: They go after a restricted free agent from another small-market team, something they thought they’d never do; they offer a staggering seven-year contract worth $50-million (U.S.); they tick off the managing partner of the Buffalo Sabres, who vows revenge for “as long as we’re alive.” …
And still the Oilers don’t get their man.
What in the name of Michael Nylander is going on here? Did Chris Pronger’s wife put a hex on Rexall Place before she left town?
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
You don’t make your star player wait. You swallow hard and do the deal. They knew the market was taking off. When Briere got $5 million for one year from the arbitrator, you figured Drury would command well over $6 million a year on the open market. Drury got a shade over $7 million a year from the Rangers, and he didn’t test the market. If he’d opened it up to the entire NHL, he probably could have gotten $8 million.
But the Sabres left Drury hanging for two weeks, and it cost them. They choked. They let the Sabres’ competitive soul get away. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but it will go down as Quinn’s failure. Anyone who has done business with Quinn knows he can be a bully. This was one time where the Sabres needed a bully to get the deal done.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with forwards Andrew Peters (two-year deal), Michael Ryan (one-year deal) and Unrestricted Free Agent goaltender Jocelyn Thibault (one-year deal) . The terms of each contract were not disclosed.
Former Buffalo Sabre Daniel Briere says he has no worries that the Buffalo Sabres will be a competitive team, even without him and co-captain Chris Drury, or forward Dainius Zubrus, all three lost to free agency.
“I think they still have a very good team. Obviously, there are two big parts that will be leaving, and another one with Dainius Zubrus I should say three of them, but you know what? there’s so much depth upfront on the team, and that’s why they decided to go with youth.,” Briere said, in an early morning airport interview Thursday with John Zach & Susan Rose, on Buffalo’s Early News.
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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year contract worth $2.6 million, The Buffalo News reported on its Web site.
The contract was the same deal Numminen played with last season, the newspaper reported.
from Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News,
Suddenly, that dream has become a nightmare. You are mad. You want to storm the Sabres’ offices and voice your disapproval. I hear some of you are planning to boycott games next year. I’ll believe that when I see it.
You might not want anything to do with the Sabres right now, but you’ll come back to them. You always do. Come October, you will flock to HSBC Arena in droves. You’ll go back to wearing your Sabres jerseys and putting those Sabres flags on your cars.
There are no fans quite like Buffalo fans. Few have experienced the pain and disappointment that you have, given the legacy of postseason failures by your beloved sports teams.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres don’t like the arbitration process. They want it changed.
They also may have to go through it again this summer.
The deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration is 5 p.m. Thursday, and Sabres center Derek Roy plans to be on the list.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet with the club, so we’ll no doubt be filing for arbitration,” Roy’s agent, Larry Kelly, said Tuesday from his office in Ottawa.
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