Sunday, July 23, 2006


The Sabres' rising star has just been awarded a $5 million US 1-year contract through arbitration. This coming off the heels of a 58 point season in only 48 games. TSN reports that the contracts of players like Martin Havlat and Alex Tanguay were used as templates for the negotiations.
This is a huge raise for Briere. But apparently Buffalo management is not happy with this. There is speculation that Briere could still be traded within the next 48 hours. (Sabres' GM Darcy Regier has only 48 hours to accept or reject this settlement.) If rejected, Briere will become an unrestricted free agent. So the Sabres need to move Briere before that happens, if Briere is out of their plans. TSN reports that Montreal, Altlanta, and Los Angeles are especially in the hunt for Briere right now.
Speaking of Montreal, the Canadiens have signed Michael Ryder to a 1-year 2.2 million deal today. The Habs have all their player under contract now...lucky b*****ds!!


At July 23, 2006 at 3:07 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

There is no way Buffalo will pay him that much, but he did have a good year despire missing half the season.

Who could afford that? Calgary? They've got cap space.

At July 23, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

The Habs payroll is around 37M. Nice job Bob!

Briere would be welcome, but I if were the Sabres I'd hang onto him and let the player establish his worth over a season. To walk away or deal deal him for spare parts would be nuts compared tp what a year of play could bring the team.

At July 23, 2006 at 5:21 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well, Bob Gainey IS a certified genius!
You know, anyone that becomes available now after arbitration could go to Washington or Chicago IMO. They have the most amount of space left I think. But Washington is so inactive especially.
Temujin, imagine an Iginla-Briere-Tanguay line! Yeesh! Matt would never let it down.
Edmonton is still looking for another center as well (apparently).

At July 23, 2006 at 5:50 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Actually, McPhee did sign Pothier and traded for Zednik. I suppose that is a start..

At July 23, 2006 at 7:37 p.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

I think with all the teams facing arbitration, there's going to be alot of signings and then trades. Can't see too many teams letting players go for nothing in return. What teams will be willing to give up youth/cheap talent for a high salary guy tho??

At July 23, 2006 at 8:32 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

It's all in how GM's have approached it. Buffalo has room to keep Briere whereas Jersey have painted themselves into a corner with Gomez.

If he gets anywhere near a 6M award, the number of teams with the cap room to aquire such a contract are quite small. Also NJ can't aquire any assests that would go against the cap. The leaves prospects and draft picks to trade for an established star. If I was a GM with salary left to spend, I'd wait to see if the player is cut loose making him a UFA - then grab him for nothing. It will be hard for teams to make trades in theses instances when they have no leveredge whatsoever.

Since this is really the first year of this system, there aren't really any do's and don't's yet. It Should be interesting to follow.

At July 23, 2006 at 8:39 p.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

If a player becomes UFA after an arbitration case, does he have to negotiate a contract or does the team have to pay whatever he got as a settlement???

At July 23, 2006 at 9:07 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

He's a UFA in every sense of the term - free to go where ever he wants at whatever price he can get. If say, the Isles opt out on York's 2.85M, that deal is history. They have 48 hours to decide between signing it (and possibly entertaining trade offers) or opting out.


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