‘The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.’
'Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a six-year deal with restricted free agent center Derek Roy. Sources say the deal is worth $24 million.'
‘”Derek is a solid young player who will only continue to improve,” Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said. “He will play an increased role for our club, and we look forward to having such a quality player in our organization for many years to come.”‘
‘His arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday in Toronto. Roy will earn an average of $4 million per season, a huge raise over the $627,000 he made last season.’
'“We weren’t totally surprised because we knew what they were doing and that his agent was working hard to get an offer sheet,” Regier said. “But it was still a bit surprising and definitely disappointing when they actually did it. We were vulnerable and while this is definitely an option under this financial landscape, it makes it hard to operate now in the short-term. This will definitely prevent us from maybe doing some things we wanted to do right now, but we’re not going to hesitate to improve our team if need be, during the season.”'
‘“A lot of time you end up doing the contract just before the hearing,” Regier said. “The dynamics are such management is there, the player is there, the agent is there. Even when things appear lost the day before, there’s always a possibility to get things done heading into the proceedings.”’
‘Despite the losses of Drury and Daniel Briere the Sabres aren’t exactly hurting at center, not if Tim Connolly and Paul Gaustad return healthy and Derek Roy’s arbitration award fits into the budget. All three are on the rise. All three are and assets on special teams. Their presence relegates Peca to the fourth line, so what’s the sense?’
‘”You know, they were very supportive, the wives of the team liked it, or at least they told me they liked it. I don’t know what they said when they left the room. You know, it’s funny, it was back in the days of AM radio, Top 40 and all that and because I was a player, it got a lot of play,” Schoenfeld recalled. “The young fans, they liked it because I was a player, I guess you get away with a few sins because you are a hockey player.”‘
'"I don't know what to expect," said Paille, referring to how he'll fit in with the Sabres after the departure of the two star forwards. However, Paille said, the majority of last season's team remains intact and most of the returning players are young.'
'“I want it to happen,” Peca said Thursday from his East Amherst home. “I do have a couple of options right now that are pretty exciting, but Buffalo has always been at the top of my list.”'
'The left wing also collected 21 points in 29 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL last season.'
‘Paille is expected to begin the season with the Sabres, something he didn’t do this past year. After starting in AHL Rochester, Paille was permanently called-up to Buffalo in mid-January.’
'In 43 career games, Paille has four goals and 10 assists.'
'Paille, the 6-1, 197-pound native of Welland, Ontario, appeared in 29 games last season with the Sabres, collecting 11 points (3+8).'
‘Left winger Daniel Paille accepted his one-year qualifying offer for $585,200. That leaves center Derek Roy and defenseman Nathan Paetsch as the only unsigned Sabres. Roy and Paetsch both filed for arbitration, meaning they will have salaries assigned to them.’