Sabres extend qualifying offers, McBain does not receive one

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

The Sabres have another spot open on the defense now that McBain becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Today is the deadline for teams to qualify their restricted free agents and the Sabres will be giving all but two of their players qualifying offers according to the Buffalo News' John Vogl. Tim Murray has told him that defenseman Jamie McBain and goalie Connor Knapp will not be receiving offers. He also said that Cory Conacher is a "maybe" on getting a qualifying offer.

That means that Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Hackett, and Luke Adam will all receive qualifying offers.

When a team does not give one of their RFA's a qualifying offer they become a free agent, meaning we've likely seen the last of McBain in a Sabres uniform. He played one season with the team after coming over in the trade that sent Andrej Sekera to Carolina and gave the Sabres the draft pick that became JT Compher.

McBain played 69 games in Buffalo this season, scoring six goals and 11 assists. Knapp has spent a majority of his career in the ECHL, but did get the opportunity to play two games with the Sabres due to the late-season goaltender injuries.

Conacher's future is still up in the air after a season where he scored seven goals and 19 assists in 79 games split between Buffalo and Ottawa. He hasn't come close to his production in his rookie season with Tampa Bay and is on his third team in two years.

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Update: Conacher will also not be receiving a qualifying offer according to Uptown Hockey, the agency that represents him. He will be an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.

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