After spending last weekend in Montreal I can honestly say that it is a nice city. It is even nicer when you are earning $3.85/season for the next three years. Jaroslav Spacek will call Montreal home for the next three years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Darcy Regier stated that they knew they were going to be without the services of Spacek because of the term of the contract. Spacek was looking for a longer term contract and the Sabres were not willing to go beyond two years for Spacek.
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The Sabres are going to miss Spacek at both ends of the ice. He was the Sabres best defenseman last season but they were unwilling to go beyond one year. The Sabres have a plethora of young talented defenders and they expect some of those players to contribute in the next season or two.
The Sabres signed Steve Montador to replace Spacek but they are different players. Montador is a good defensive player that plays a physical style but he doesn't have the offensive skill that Spacek has. Buffalo will probably try to bring in another player that can fill the offensive void that was left with the Spacek departure but they may not come for a couple of days.