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Matt Ellis and the rest of the Sabres Free Agents

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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.

  1. Patrick Kaleta (RFA) - Read Post
  2. Clarke MacArthur (RFA) - Read Post
  3. Andrej Sekera (RFA) - Read Post
  4. Drew Stafford (RFA) - Read Post
  5. Max Afinogenov (UFA) - Read Post
  6. Dominic Moore (UFA) - Read Post
  7. Andrew Peters (UFA) - Read Post
  8. Jaro Spacek (UFA) - Read Post
  9. Mikael Tellqvist (UFA) - signed with Ak-Bars Kazan in KHL.

Restricted Free Agents

 

Patrick Kaleta - 2008-2009 salary: $ 491,667


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
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.