Sabres hit deadline

Via: Buffalo News

'Forwards Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, Jochen Hecht, Maxim Afinogenov and Ales Kotalik, and defensemen Jay McKee and Henrik Tallinder remained unsigned. According to the NHL Players' Association Web site, center Tim Connolly ($1,036,900) and defenseman Jeff Jillson ($833,910) signed their qualifiers over the weekend, but the Sabres have yet to confirm that. The Sabres retain the rights to any of the players who do not sign their offers, but a new contract needs to be negotiated.'