No-touch gloves are off for restricted free agents

Via: Buffalo News

‘They have six restricted free agents and gave qualifying offers to five — Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Daniel Paille, Nathan Paetsch and Andrew Peters. Vanek is probably the most attractive Group II player in the NHL. The 23-year-old scored 43 goals last season, and he possesses an upside that could entice teams to investigate his availability. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier plans to address unrestricted free agents before negotiating with Group II players. If he spends heavily in the unrestricted market, a team might make a push for Vanek knowing it would force a numbers crunch at HSBC Arena.’