Apparently, they don't have the option of walking away from Mair. According to this TSN article, the Sabres are obligated to honor the contract. It suggests a provision in the CBA that forces a club to accept an arbitration result if the contract is for less than $1.4M.
I don't understand this. The Bruins were allowed to walk away from David Tanabe and his $1.275M arbitration ruling. UPDATE!!!! Thanks to some astute work after wondering the same thing, Kevin from BFLOBLOG cleared it up. That $1.4M number was incorrectly reported in more than one place. The error probably originated with the Associated Press. The actual number should be $1,042,173. In case you're wondering... no.
$1,042,173 USD ≠ $1,400,000 CAD.
Nice work digging through the CBA, Kevin!
Incidentally, for about half a second, I thought the Canes were going to pick Tanabe up. These days, they're picking up all sorts of former Canes. Tanabe, in a six degrees type of way, was really important to the success of the 2005-06 Canes. He was drafted by the Canes in 1999. In 2003, he was traded to Phoenix for Daniil Markov in a deal that included spare parts from both sides. The next season, Markov was traded to the Flyers straight up for Justin Williams. Viva, as frequent readers of this page know, was a key member of the Canes and had a great playoff season, including the empty net security goal in Game 7 of the Final.
According to the now famous NHL Team Salaries pages, the
In Canes news, Ryan Bayda, who is a former Cane, has rejoined the franchise. He'll likely be spending a lot of time in Albany, which is just fine with everyone. I'm still looking for them to trade Oleg Tverdovsky and pick up another NHL calibre forward. Even if that doesn't happen, the Canes should be looking good.
Opening night less than two months away, and my season seat will be sweeter than ever. Third row! No more netting in my photos! I can't wait to post my opening night/banner raising pictures. Stay tuned.