Awaiting their arbitration dates, Patrick Kaleta and Tim Kennedy will discover their worth from a judge at the end of July. Then, the Buffalo Sabres will take their salaries into consideration and decide on obtaining or releasing the two restricted free agents. Both of them are 24-years-old, but Kaleta holds the upper hand in importance as he's been in the league longer and earned his stay.
While Kennedy scored ten goals, his teammate did the same in 23 fewer matches and engaged in physical activities daily. Although he displayed a relaxing feeling in the postseason, Kennedy is just entering his sophomore year - a pressure-filled segment that has claimed countless sufferers. Coming as a packaged deal with a loose cannon hitter, Kaleta's injuries are a major concern, but his overall game has grown greatly from 2007 when he played only seven games in Buffalo.
As a fan favorite, most supporters will gladly want general manager Darcy Regier to hold onto Kaleta. There's a lot to like and dislike about Kennedy's first professional campaign, however, the final monetary announcement regarding his payment will likely assist making up most peoples' minds.