'The Sabres, who operated at the $44 million cap last year, have the right to match any offer, but they are also addressing the futures of co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, who are both eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1.'
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'Vanek notched 43 goals last season and added 41 assists to finish with 84 points, second on the team behind Daniel Briere. His goal total tied for the fifth-most in the league last season.'
'Two independent sources have told LGS this week that it appears more than likely that Chris Drury's days in Buffalo are over. Both sources believe Drury is looking to test the open market. And according to both sources, there is very strong reason to believe that the center will most likely wind up on the Pacific Coast where his offseason home is located.'
‘Phase out the fights…’.
‘Roy is projected to command a significant raise over the $690,000 offer he received after scoring career-highs with 21 goals and 63 points in his third season. The offer is 10 percent above what he made last year.’
'Cunneyworth was credited for preparing a number of his American Hockey League players for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, when injuries threatened to ruin Buffalo’s playoff drive. Such players as Drew Stafford and Michael Ryan didn’t look out of place when called up to the big club. And conversely, while his players were producing elsewhere, Cunneyworth juggled 41 players, who suited up for the Amerks throughout the season.'
'The Sabres also made offers to forwards Derek Roy, Andrew Peters and Daniel Paille, and defenseman Nathan Paetsch.'
'To me, keeping them actually starts with Thomas Vanek, the 23- year-old winger who scored 43 goals last season. He’s a restricted free agent, meaning the Sabres would need to match outside offers to retain him. It’s difficult to measure where he fits in a fluid market, especially because a handful of GMs lose their marbles at this time of year. So let’s not give them a chance and risk losing, gulp, all three.'
‘He may be considered for an assistant’s job in Buffalo, where coach Lindy Ruff recently signed a three-year contract extension. Cunneyworth isn’t likely to return to the Amerks. “I would like the chance to see what I can accomplish (in the NHL),” said Cunneyworth.’