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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sabres get Pominville, Lydman to sign on the line which is dotted

On Thursday, the SlugBuffalo Sabres got Jason "I don't even know the kid's first name" Pominville to commit to a three-year deal worth $3.1M. This season, he'll get $800k, but $1.03 will count towards the cap. My late June estimate of $900k wasn't far off the mark. He was scheduled for a Friday arbitration hearing.

Meanwhile, it seems like I misunderstood the exact protocol on these hearings. Specifically with reference to the Daniel Briere. My initial understanding was that the Sabres had 48 hours after the Briere hearing to decide what to do about that. Actually, they have 48 hours after their final arbitration hearing to make a decision on all of them. As of this moment, their last scheduled arbitration hearing is August 4 with Adam Mair.

I failed to mention that the Sabres also came to an agreement with Ales Kotalik for three years and $7M, avoiding arbitration there. I still haven't seen a specific breakdown of that contract salary structure, but as far as the cap is concerned, he's getting $2.33 next season, which is a little higher than my estimate of $2M.

News also today that the Sabres have Toni Lydman signed (thanks, BFLO blog!) Lydman is inked for four years at $11.5M, which amounts to $2.875 against the cap. Again, this is slightly more than my late June estimate of $2.5M.

With these guys off the arbitration table, there's five left. Dumont, Connolly, Gaustad, Afinogenov, Mair. Of course, there's also Ryan Miller, who remains an unsigned RFA.

I'm going back to update my list of Sabres arbitration filers.


Anonymous said...

I believe that Kotalik will make 2 mil next year, while Lydman will get 2.3 mil. So your guesses were really quite accurate.

KevinP said...

Dmitri Kalinin is an RFA who was tendered and didn't choose arbitration, so he remains unsigned as well.


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