'Satan said, "We didn't make the playoffs for the third straight season and this is getting old." Satan says he's under contract for next season, but indicated he would not sign another deal in Buffalo.'
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'''My agent will keep talking to the Sabres, but I think I'm going to test (free agency) and see what's going on,'' Zhitnik said on Tuesday as Sabres players cleaned out their lockers after the team failed to qualify for the playoffs. ''I don't want to say I've played my last game here. I'm just taking it one day at a time right now.'''
'William Thomas, who represents the Sabres in bankruptcy court proceedings, said Tuesday that, barring any appeals, the payments out of a $1.6 million account could be made by the end of the month following a recent ruling by Judge Michael Kaplan.'
'The biggest disappointments were left wing Taylor Pyatt and defensemen Brian Campbell and Andy Delmore. Pyatt and Campbell were two youngsters who failed to take the next step. Delmore, a $1 million offseason acquisition, didn't come close to living up to his billing as a premier scoring defenseman and was traded away last month.'
'"The collective bargaining agreement doesn't expire until Sept. 15, so things like qualifying offers have to go out June 30, the arbitration process starts July 15 and continues on through the 15th of August, so really operations will continue like they have in the past," General Manager Darcy Regier said Monday at management's farewell-to-the-season address.'
'Even Don Cherry, who rarely passes out compliments towards anything with a Buffalo before it, says the Sabres are “the team to watch” next season. If there only IS a next season. But even that has a bright side for Tom Golisano. He says he’ll actually lose LESS money if there’s a work stoppage, and when the two sides finally agree to agree, the Sabres will still be in Buffalo and ready to move forward.'
'The restricted free agents are Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, Jochen Hecht, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Grier, Dmitri Kalinin, Taylor Pyatt, Jeff Jillson, Rory Fitzpatrick, Brian Campbell, Henrik Tallinder, Milan Bartovic, Brad Brown, Andrew Peters, Martin Biron and Mika Noronen. All are eligible for arbitration except Noronen, Peters, Bartovic, Pyatt, Tallinder, Campbell, Jillson and Kalinin. The club holds an option on Ales Kotalik.'
'The Sabres need to be more demanding of their young players. They can’t keep waiting on Maxim Afinogenov and Tim Connolly’s potential. Either they produce or they’re gone. Make the decision and live with it.'
'”The team worked so hard and was very intense and they tried their hearts out, you had to admire that. It would’ve been wonderful to make the playoffs this first year, but we didn’t make it. But lack of success, just like success, only lasts for a moment. So now, we’re already onto next year, and we have a lot of things to be concerned about.”'
'''There's disappointment with not making the playoffs, but this job isn't done yet,'' general manager Darcy Regier said. ''It is, I feel, I don't want to say a beginning, but it takes us a long way down the road toward our goal. So there's gratification there.'''