'Don’t be surprised if that marks the end of Dumont’s days in a Sabres uniform, no matter what the logo. The givens are that Marty Biron won’t open camp as a Sabre and that one of the following — Briere, Dumont or Maxim Afinogenov — will join him. Expect it to be Dumont, but don’t be surprised to see any of the three leave town. And remember, Afinogenov has the highest trade value in the new NHL.'
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'"I'm very excited about being on board again for the following season," said Briere, who was awarded the contract July 23. "I've said all along that I want to be here, so it's exciting to finally know what's going to happen and where I'm going to be for the next year."'
'A co-captain of the Sabres, Briere receives a considerable raise after making $1.93 million last season, when he recorded 28 goals and 33 assists in just 48 games. He met with an arbitrator on July 20, three days before being awarded the large contract.'
'Briere had his case heard on July 20 and was awarded the contract July 23.'
‘”It was a decision we felt very good about moving forward on,” general manager Darcy Regier said Thursday. “It’s very important for us to have him on board for next season.”‘
‘The Sabres can negotiate a new contract with Briere, but not until January.’
'A look at the depth chart makes it rather clear there isn't much room for any of these youngsters to crack Buffalo's opening-night roster for 2006-07.'
Amerks open 51st season at home agaianst Albany (Amerks.com)