'Barnes is Buffalo's second-leading scorer this season with 31 points, three behind Miroslav Satan, and ranks fourth with 13 goals. The center is also second on the Sabres with five power- play goals and three game-winning scores.'
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'The $8.4 million deal makes Barnes the third-highest paid player on the team.'
'He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season.'
'Sources tell FOXSports.com that Barnes' new deal is worth near $8.5 million over the next three seasons. He will earn $1.6 million this year and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.'
'"He hasn't been given a chance to show what he can do," said one Sabre who didn't want to be identified. "How can we see what he can do on three starts? Yes, his stats are bad. But he had a great season last year, and I find it hard to believe his game just dropped off the table."'
'Privately, half a dozen players have complained that he hasn't gotten a fair shake.'
'Ruff said Biron will get a game off, most likely against the Kings on Thursday. That means backup Bob Essensa gets his first appearance since Dec. 19, and just his sixth of the season.'