Somehow I forgot to add Matt Ellis to the original list of Free Agents. I'll add him to this summary of all the Sabres impending free agents.
- Patrick Kaleta (RFA) - Read Post
- Clarke MacArthur (RFA) - Read Post
- Andrej Sekera (RFA) - Read Post
- Drew Stafford (RFA) - Read Post
- Max Afinogenov (UFA) - Read Post
- Dominic Moore (UFA) - Read Post
- Andrew Peters (UFA) - Read Post
- Jaro Spacek (UFA) - Read Post
- Mikael Tellqvist (UFA) - signed with Ak-Bars Kazan in KHL.
Restricted Free Agents
Patrick Kaleta - 2008-2009 salary: $ 491,667
|2008 - Patrick Kaleta||51||4||5||9||1||89||0||0||0||0||35||11.4|
Kaleta is going to be relatively cheap for the Sabres to re-sign. Kaleta fills a definite role in the NHL and is too valuable to let go. He is the type of player that you either love him or hate him, but he is effective at what he does.
Clarke MacArthur - 2008-2009 salary: $522,500
|2008 - Clarke MacArthur||71||17||14||31||-4||56||5||0||0||2||108||15.7|
There is definitely some concern that MacArthur could draw some interest on the open market. The Sabres would be able to match if he signs an offer-sheet with another club but they may not have the money to match an offer. C-Mac is a guy to keep your on as free agency approaches. There are plenty of teams that are interested in a young guy that scored 17 goals.
Andrej Sekera - 2008-2009 salary: $675,000
|2008 - Andrej Sekera||69||3||16||19||-11||22||1||0||1||0||84||3.6|
Sekera is likely to get a raise from the Buffalo Sabres next season. His lack of confidence at the end of the season probably cost him a big payday and an opportunity to sign an offer-sheet. He will likely be re-signed to a two or three year deal for just over a million per season.
Drew Stafford - 2008-2009 salary: $984,200
|2008 - Drew Stafford||79||20||25||45||3||29||9||0||0||2||183||10.9|
The Sabres will try to do everything they can to re-sign Stafford but just like MacArthur, finances could get in the way. The Sabres are well aware that they have a valuable commodity wit Stafford and will likely trade him away before July 1 if they don't feel they can sign him.
Unrestricted Free Agents
Max Afinogenov - 2008-2009 salary: $3.33 million
|2008 - Maxim Afinogenov||48||6||14||20||-7||20||0||0||0||0||93||6.5|
Max is long gone. No need to say anymore.
Dominic Moore - 2008-2009 salary: $900,000
|2008 - Dominic Moore||81||13||32||45||-2||92||4||1||1||0||165||7.9|
The Sabres won't re-sign Moore. He wasn't the player the Sabres had hoped he would be after they acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline. At his current price tag of $900K he would be a great player to have around but he is going to get much more than that next season.
Andrew Peters - 2008-2009 salary: $525,000
|2008 - Andrew Peters||28||0||1||1||-2||81||0||0||0||0||10||0.0|
You know all my feelings on Andrew Peters. I think he will be re-signed but I'm not really sure why.
Jaroslav Spacek - 2008-2009 salary: $3.33 million
|2008 - Jaroslav Spacek||80||8||37||45||2||38||4||0||0||0||130||6.2|
Spacek is going to get way too much money for the Sabres to re-sign him. I wouldn't quite rule it out at this point but would consider it unlikely. Spacek was probably the best D-Man on the team this year but someone else will have to fill his skates next season.
Matt Ellis - 2008-2009 salary: $475,000
|2008 - Matt Ellis||45||7||5||12||4||12||0||0||2||0||73||9.6|
Matt Ellis did everything he was asked to do this season. The Sabres will try to re-sign him if the price tag is right. I think Ellis future is entirely up to Ellis. The Sabres will try to re-sign him but Ellis may want to go play elsewhere.