'The Sabres stand to lose only two players to free agency, veteran defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and James Patrick. Despite offers from the Sabres to re-sign him, Zhitnik had previously expressed an interest to test free agency. Patrick completed his 21st season and sixth in Buffalo, and hopes to re-sign with the Sabres. His future, however, is uncertain because of a potential labor dispute that could disrupt the start or all of next season.'
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'And in the long run he's doing it for the right team. The Sabres have struggled the past few years and their depth on the back end has dwindled, particularly after trading veteran Rhett Warrener and former first-round pick Keith Ballard in a deal to acquire forward Chris Drury last summer. Couple that with the fact that the youngest prospect in the Sabres' system is a 20-year-old and things look good for Funk.'
'Connolly gets a ten percent raise from the 1.24-million dollars he made last season. Since he played less than 60 games last season, it's a two way deal. If he's sent to Rochester, the centerman would have to clear NHL waivers.'
Players that were extended qualifying offers and do not have arbitration rights have until July 15th to accept the offer extended to them by the Sabres. If a player rejects the qualifying offer and doesn’t have arbitration rights, the Sabres retain that player’s rights and the player and team can negotiate a new contract.
“(Michael) Funk, he’s a big kid. He’s a raw-boned kid. He has the ability to put on a lot of weight," stated Regier. "I think he’s around 200 right now and he can easily play at 220. He has very good mobility for his age. For his lack of experience, he skates well.”