”It came down to an evaluation of what we were looking at from a budget standpoint, what our needs are, where we have a surplus – which is up front among the forwards – and looking at our defense – at least the lose of (Alexei) Zhitnik – I think when you put those things together, we just felt from a value standpoint, we wanted to move in a different direction,” said Regier.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced the team has issued qualifying offers to 13 restricted free agents by today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline. The list includes Daniel Briere, JP Dumont, Maxim Afinogenov and Jay McKee.
‘By not qualifying Satan’s $4 million contract for next season, general manager Darcy Regier said the Sabres can now use that money to address other needs, particularly on defense.’
‘The Sabres did retain the rights of goaltender Martin Biron, right wings Maxim Afinogenov, J.P. Dumont, Mike Grier and Ales Kotalik, centers Daniel Briere and Tim Connolly, defensemen Brian Campbell, Jeff Jillson, Jay McKee and Henrik Tallinder, and left wings Jochen Hecht and Taylor Pyatt.’
‘When he spoke to Satan, he explained the situation and said that the team would most likely have been in the same position in a year under the old economic system, when Satan would have gained free agency after he turned 31.’
‘They snagged a potentially prolific playmaker in the first round, stocked their shelves with defensemen and welcomed a couple of overjoyed local boys. Saturday was a good day for Buffalo at the NHL draft.’
‘”Situations in the past where you could trade a player, you can’t trade him anymore. There still is a lot of uncertainty.”‘
‘Miroslav Satan and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres know it. So do production workers over at Eastman Machine Co.’
'Regier is weighing whether the Sabres can afford the $4 million contract Satan is scheduled to make next season. "I think it's more of a value judgment than it is an issue as to him as a player," Regier said after the end of Saturday's NHL draft in Ottawa.'
'Buffalo selected winger Phillippe Gogulla from Germany. The Sabres then made a trade with the Calgary Flames. Buffalo gave up their 3rd round pick (74th overall) in exchange for Calgary's 3rd (87th overall) and 4th (96th overall) round picks.'
'Not very strong, tends to shy away from physical contact although he has tried to work on that aspect of his game. His skills are highly regarded by NHL scouts but many question how and if his game will translate to the North American game.'
Originally a native of Buffalo, New York, Kennedy has appeared in 110 games for the Sioux-City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League the last two seasons. In that span, he recorded 39 goals and 41 assists for 80 points, while posting 154 penalty minutes.