'The Sabres have made eight qualifying offers. The rest of the offers to restricted free agents don't have to be out until June 30th. These players participated in the World Championships and would not have been insured had they not been qualified. They are Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, Jeff Jillson, Mike Grier, Mika Noronen, Dmitri Kalinin, Maxim Afinogenov and Jochen Hecht.'
Archives for May 25, 2004
“Patience. I feel really bad for all of those kids sitting up there, especially when you see all of them sitting there on the second day. I think a lot of their hopes were that they’d been drafted already. Patience is one thing I’d tell them.”
'“I didn’t go to the draft. I was at a skating camp in Penticton, British Columbia. I really didn’t feel I was going to get drafted. I had broken a leg the year before and only played in 24 games (with Lethbridge). I don’t even remember who told me told me, if it was one of my parents or someone from the club, that I was drafted.”'
'Vanek, 20, conceded the Sabres can change his mind, and he appears to be in a strong negotiating position.'