Archives for July 2006

Benning Leaves Sabres For Bruins

'Benning and Houda join Don Luce and Terry Martin in leaving the Sabres front office this offseason. Luce, who was the Director of Player Development, did not have his contract renewed by the team. Martin left his position as Director of Pro Scouting to take a job with the Colorado Avalance.'

Bruins make three front office, coaching hires

'Benning spent the last nine years as the Sabres' director of amateur scouting. Benning played nine seasons in the NHL, for Toronto and Vancouver. Houda has been an assistant coach the last three seasons with the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate.'

Bruins add three to Hockey Operations

'Jim Benning was named Director of Player Personnel, Doug Houda was named the team’s Assistant Coach and Wayne Smith was named as a regional scout.'


Arbitration awards are creating cap nightmares…

Sources-Sabres Will Accept Briere’s Ruling.

Good for them and Dan…Had Dan played all 82 games last year he would have been among the league leaders in scoring. The Sabres need to do all they can to keep this team, that i believe could win multiple cups in the next several years, together.

Sabres experiencing shock to payroll system

'Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier was unavailable to comment on the team's financial plight on Monday. Over the next 11 days, Regier and the Sabres will go to arbitration with seven more players, including last season's leading scorer Maxim Afinogenov. Unless Regier can sign the Russian to a long-term deal, another hefty award could be in line.'

Numbers In For Tallinder And Spacek

'In the four years Tallinder will receive 1.6-million, 2.5-million, 2.9-million and 3.25-million dollars. Spacek gets $3,225,000 this season followed by $3,475,000 and 3.3-million dollars.'

Arbitrator awards Buffalo's Briere one-year, $5 million deal

'The Sabres acquired Briere from Phoenix in 2003 in a deal that sent Chris Gratton to the Coyotes.'

Briere gets $5 million for one year

'"I'm very happy the contract's done," Briere said by phone from his hometown of Gatineau, Quebec. "Of course, we have to wait to see if the Sabres pick it up."'

Sabres' future grim based on Briere ruling

'The Sabres have a few options with Briere, none of which look overly appealing. They can walk away from the arbitration ruling and send Briere directly into unrestricted free agency. They can swallow the $5 million and risk him becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer, which is like duct-taping a water-main break. They can trade him knowing they'll get either a lesser player or a similar contract in return.'

Briere gets big deal; Kotalik re-signs

'“I’ve always said it, and I’m going to say it again … I’d love to stay in Buffalo for a long time,” he said.'

Sabres can't afford to lose Briere

'He's the team's most productive offensive player, he's 28 and likely to get even better and he's a hard-working and respected team leader.'

Sabres Get Time to Decide on Briere

‘Originally believed to be a 48 hour window to accept or reject the award, the new NHL collective bargaining agreement gives the team more time. Now, they’ll have 48 hours after the last arbitration ruling for any member of the team. The final arbitration hearing is Adam Mair’s, scheduled for August 4. If the hearing takes place, the arbitrator will have 48 hours to rule on Mair. Then, the team will have 48 hours after that to make the final decision about Briere, and any other arbitration awards.’

Sabres lock up Kotalik

‘In four seasons, all with Buffalo, he has 62 goals and 65 assists in 225 games.’

Sabres, Kotalik ink deal

‘Kotalik was scheduled for NHL arbitration on July 25th in Toronto.’