'The speculation has been that the Sabres won't trade Biron until starting goalie Ryan Miller is re-signed, wanting to keep as much leverage as possible in contract talks with the restricted free agent, but Regier downplayed that Wednesday. "It's not a necessity," he said. "I suppose on one hand, it might be nice, but on the other hand it's not going to be the deciding factor. If it's the right trade, it would be something we would look at irrespective of whether Ryan is under contract at that time or not."'
Archives for July 19, 2006
'"This kicks it off and next week is a much fuller week," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said Wednesday. "We may have set a league record." Essentially an arbitration hearing features a club knocking down a player's worth and the agent highlighting his value before an independent arbitrator delivers a one-or two-year award no more than 48 hours later.'
‘The 28-year-old could be in for a big payday. The Chicago Blackhawks recently reached a three-year, $18 million deal with forward Martin Havlat, who has similar career numbers. Briere has 241 points in 290 games over his last four seasons.’
'The first case of the year will feature co-captain Daniel Briere, who averaged more than a point per game last year while making $1.9 million. Similar players have been getting substantially bigger contracts this summer, and the center has a successful record at the hearings. He earned a $950,000 raise in 2004. Left wing Ales Kotalik, with a hearing set for Tuesday, is the next Sabres player scheduled. He will be followed by defenseman Henrik Tallinder next Wednesday, and the first full week concludes with defenseman Toni Lydman on July 27 and forward Jason Pominville on July 28.'
‘“It looks like a colostomy bag.”’