'Monetary terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed but it's believed that Warrener, who became a restricted free agent on July 1, earned a raise over the base salary of $950,000 he made last season.'
'"Rhett has been an integral part of our team over the past three seasons," general manager Darcy Regier said. "His physical ability and his play against the opponents' top lines have been invaluable to our defensive corps."'
'Taylor, 29, appeared in 24 games with Buffalo during the past two seasons recording one goal, three assists and four points. Taylor spent most of the last season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League where he scored 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points in 45 games.'
'He'll quite likely earn in the neighborhood of last year's salaries, $425,000 at the NHL level and $125,000 if he plays in the American Hockey League.'
'Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it's likely the 29-year-old center will make close to the $425,000 base salary he made last season.'
'"Doug has enjoyed a solid career at the University of Maine," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. "We are excited about his signing and look forward to him continuing to develop and contributing to our organization."'
'Defenseman Doug Janik signed with the Sabres yesterday, and he is projected to play with the Rochester Americans.'
'The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Doug Janik, a second-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, on Tuesday.'
'Regier is optimistic the Sabres can sign all of their restricted free agents before the start of the 2001-02 season. Peca remained unsigned all last season in a bitter contract dispute that ended last month with his trade to the New York Islanders. "I think things will get done," Regier said.'
For all the riches that came Dominik Hasek's way in 1997-98 — the gold, the trophies, the millions — those bobbles could not buy him this: Redemption. Priceless.
'"We had to find a way to keep this relationship intact," said Steve Donner, the Amerks' president. "Our hope was to move forward with the Sabres. We were asking them to pick up a larger share of the commitment, and to their credit they were able to do so. That was the only way this deal was getting done."'
'Under the terms of a new four-year affiliation contract, the Amerks have voluntarily given up control of hockey operations. The Sabres will be responsible for all players, coaches (Randy Cunneyworth and assistant Jon Christiano will return), equipment and trainers for the American Hockey League team. The radical adjustment in the affiliation means the Sabres hockey budget will increase $500,000 to $600,000 a year.'
'Martin Biron will be given the opportunity to prove he's ready to be the Sabres mainstay in goal, but Noronen very likely will return for a third season with the Rochester Americans. The Sabres plan to sign a veteran free agent to play alongside Biron in Buffalo. They don't want Noronen sitting in Buffalo, they want him playing.'
'With the departure of Hasek and Peca, two of Buffalo's central figures from their 1999 Stanley Cup finals appearance, so goes the odds of Buffalo getting back to the finals any time soon.'
'After nearly four months of negotiations, the teams finally agreed yesterday on a revamped four-year affiliation that gives the Sabres full responsibility for player personnel and ensures the Amerks financial viability.'