'Connolly gets a ten percent bump to $1,364,275, but will make around 50-grand if he's sent to Rochester. Connolly must be paid even if there's a lockout since he missed all of last season with a concussion so he'd go down the thruway for sure then. He still would have to clear NHL waivers.'
'The team also reached deals with backup goaltender Mika Noronen and defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick. Both were scheduled for salary arbitration hearings within two weeks. Connolly will make $1.36 million, 10 percent more than last year.'
'The last time he was a restricted free agent he held out, but felt the money was fair this time.'
'In 332 career NHL games (all with Buffalo), he has totaled 73 goals and notched 79 assists.'
'Afinogenov will make $1.43 million next year, a 10 percent raise from last season. His agent, Todd Diamond, called it “a done deal.'''
'Zhitnik is open to playing for the Sabres again, but he says he is seeking at least a four-year contract. He would prefer that his next contract be the last one he signs and added he's confident he could play for another six years.'
'Pyatt and defenseman Jeff Jillson and Henrik Tallinder accepted one-year qualifying offers, while defenseman Brian Campbell agreed to terms on a one-year deal.'
'The 22-year-old Pyatt tallied eight goals and 12 assists in 63 games for Buffalo last season. He missed 19 contests with knee and shoulder injuries.'
'“This group of young players gives our organization a solid core that can grow along side our veterans,” said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. “We look forward to each of these players contributing to the success of our club in the near future.”'
'Jillson will make $1,127,500…Tallinder will make around $708,000.'
'Pyatt and defensemen Jeff Jillson and Henrik Tallinder accepted one-year qualifying offers, while defenseman Brian Campbell agreed to a one-year deal.'
'Pyatt gets a ten percent raise and will make $1,240,250. That's a lot of money for a guy that could start the season on the fourth line.'
'University of Minnesota junior Thomas Vanek left Saturday for his homeland of Austria for three weeks still seeking what he considers a fair offer from the Buffalo Sabres. That would be a signing bonus in the $1 million range.'
'The 29-year-old Grier (6-1, 220), appeared in 14 games with Buffalo in 2003-04 recording one goal, 8 assists and a +10 plus/minus rating. His totals for last season were a combined 82 games with nine goals, 20 assists, and 29 points. He made his NHL debut against Buffalo on October 4, 1996, while with the Edmonton Oilers.'
'Grier, who earned $1.6 million last season, is an eight-year veteran and former two-time 20-goal scorer. He had a total of nine goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season.'