‘Many of the second tier studs that would have fit Buffalo’s system and finances are no longer available. Can the Sabres actually find a forward and a defenseman or two for the $7.3 million it would have cost them to keep both Satan and Zhitnik? Good luck in trying because you have to agree that Buffalo’s best value and reasoning might have been keeping both Satan and Zhitnik.’
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'Entrants will be then asked to rank the 2005-2006 Sabres schedule in accordance with the four variable pricing classifications.'
'"The numbers got really high in the defense category quickly," Islander General Manager Mike Milbury said during a conference call with reporters. "But there is a salary cap and people might be scratching their heads some time from now for a different reason."'
'Alexei Zhitnik would have earned about $3 million per season – including the rollback – if he had signed a deal last year. Instead, he signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Islanders on Tuesday. With salary cutbacks like the ones we've witnessed, who needs raises?'
'Zhitnik's offensive numbers have steadily declined since he was a consistent 30-point producer in the late 1990s and early 2000, but his overall effort has never waned. The 5-11, 205-pound Ukrainian is solid in his own zone, blocks shots and can carry the puck up the ice.'
'"We're all about people that want to be here," Milbury said, calling the Zhitnik signing an "obvious decision," after Aucoin bolted for Chicago.'