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by Paul on 06/19/07 at 09:42 PM ET
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
The Sabres retained the rights to forward Thomas Vanek by issuing a qualifying offer to their leading goal scorer.
It will take more than a one-year, $942,000 deal—the offer matching Vanek’s salary last season—to keep him playing in Buffalo.
The move, announced by Vanek’s agent, Stephen Bartlett, on Tuesday, is considered only the first step for the Sabres, who are expected to attempt negotiating a long-term contract with Vanek to prevent other teams from luring him away.
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