‘The Sabres now have their entire roster under contract for the upcoming season.’
'A restricted free agent, Paetsch was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Thursday.'
'The 24-year-old played in 63 games as a rookie with the Sabres last season, finishing with 24 points (2-22).'
'Prior to his time in the Sabres organization, Paetsch was a back-to-back silver medalist with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships.'
'Paetsch, 24, played in 63 games as a rookie with the Sabres last season, finishing with 24 points (2+22), 50 PIMs and was +10. Nine of Paetsch’s 24 points came on the power play, and he amassed a career-best four-game point streak (0+4) from January 26-February 1.'
‘“It hasn’t been a paved road for me, that’s for sure,” Paetsch said Monday after agreeing to terms on a one-way contract. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet. “To have a three-year NHL contract and solidify myself as an NHL player, I’m ecstatic.”‘
‘Regier knows that as much as anyone. For all the mistakes he’s made over the years, he’s certainly no dummy. He’s taken his share of lumps that come with being a general manager. Perhaps his hands were tied so tight he couldn’t perform his duties the way he saw fit. But if he’s compromised to that degree, why would he want the job? Ultimately, he was caught in the middle of trickle-down NHL economics. Everybody knows how it flows. It starts at the top.’
‘Paetsch finished his rookie season with two goals and 22 assists to go along with a +10 rating. He did not appear in any of the Sabres’ 16 playoff games.’
'A source tells Channel 2 Sports that the Sabres have avoided arbitration with defenseman Nathan Paetsch and signed him to a three year deal worth just under $3-million.'
'Roy, who played four seasons with the Rangers from 1999 through the 2002-2003 season — winning the Memorial Cup in his final year — was Buffalo's second-round pick, 32nd overall, in the 2001 NHL entry draft. He played much of last season centring a line with high-scoring wingers Thomas Vanek and Maxim Afinogenov. He'll play a bigger role with the Sabres this year because the Sabres lost co-captain forwards Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.'
‘Roy was surprised at the length of the deal, which extends three seasons into what would have been his unrestricted free agency. Roy and agent Larry Kelly requested a five-year contract, but the Sabres responded Thursday night with a six-year proposal. The Sabres then increased the money Friday morning. Roy was hooked.’
'The Sabres hope Roy, just 24 years old, can take the next step and become a top-line player following the free-agent losses of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Buffalo did manage to re-sign leading goal scorer Thomas Vanek earlier this summer.'
‘The native of Ottawa, Ontario, tied his career high with four points (1+3) against Montreal on March 2, and collected 11 points (4+7) in a career-best six-game point streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 2. Roy also had seven points (2+5) in Buffalo’s 16 postseason contests.’
'The length of the contract is a major departure for the Sabres, who previously were against signing players to deals beyond four years. The Sabres philosophy is changing after they were unable to retain Drury and Briere.'
‘Last July, the 24-year-old center agreed to the Sabres’ qualifying offer that earned him $627,000 last season.’