The offensive defenseman compiled 12 goals and 43 points in 66 games with Portland last season. He has 35 goals and 146 points in 220 AHL games.
‘Gragnani, Buffalo’s 2005 third-round draft pick, has an opportunity to play with the Sabres this season after spending last season with Portland of the AHL. Noted for his offensive skills, Gragnani had 12 goals and 31 assists in 66 games last season.’
‘His 12 goals were third among AHL blueliners, and he was 11th in defense scoring. In addition, six of Gragnani’s 12 goals were scored on the power play. In three AHL seasons with Portland/Rochester, the 23-year-old has 146 points (35+111) in 220 games. He has also played in six NHL games with the Sabres during this time.’
“I will never begrudge a player his right to exercise whatever his rights are under the collective bargaining agreement,” Regier said. “This particular situation for me, as all of them, there is no room for retribution. There is no room for being vindictive.”
‘Logic suggests either A) the Sabres were mismanaged and couldn’t afford Kennedy because too many mistakes were made before him or B) their budget isn’t high enough for them to make an honest push toward the Stanley Cup, which they reiterated after the season was their goal. History suggests it was both.’
‘The buyout is worth $333,333 over the next two seasons, and he will become an unrestricted free agent.’
‘Sabres control whether the peaks will become aberrations or norms. At the least, with training camp just around the corner, the Sabres will hope last season’s successes were a necessary part of a team’s development and that being labeled "Cup contenders" in 2010-11 won’t be a stretch.’
‘"It was very hard for him to take," Allain Roy said. "He’s a south Buffalo kid, who grew up not far from the arena and loved playing for the Sabres."’
‘Nick Mendola sent out a message via twitter that Kennedy’s contract has been bought out per his agent.’
While general manager Darcy Regier acknowledged Thursday that Kennedy’s salary “was a little higher than we expected,” it appeared the 24-year-old remained in the Sabres’ plans.
‘"It hurts," Kennedy said. "This is not what I envisioned for the last month of the summer before the season started. It’s tough. I hope this isn’t the end, but it doesn’t look too good right now. You grow up watching this team your whole life. I don’t even know what to say right now because I’m so shocked."’
‘During the course of his seven seasons, he has notched 10 goals, 60 assists and 423 penalty minutes in 418 games.’
‘Morrisonn is a seven-year NHL veteran who spent the past five-plus seasons with the Washington Capitals. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, he was consistently among the Capitals leaders in hits and blocked shots.’
‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Shaone (pronounced SHAWN) Morrisonn on a two-year contract.’
‘The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Tim Kennedy on waivers. If he clears, it’s expected that the team will buy out the remainder of his contract.’