Quick thoughts after speaking with Darcy Regier this afternoon:
---Can't blame Tim Kennedy and agent Allain Roy for going to arbitration. With the CBA-mandated walkaway figure over $1.6 million, a figure they would never reach in arbitration, they had all the leverage. Arbitrators are almost always going to award more than a deal with the team. The Sabres were believed to only be offering in the $800,000 range. So going to arbitration got the South Buffalo native perhaps as much as another 200 grand. Good money if you can get it.
---Why didn't the Sabres just settle with Kennedy? He made $635,000 last year. If he was asking for $1.2 or even more, you can't basically double the salary of a guy who did play in 78 games last year but only scored 10 goals. Regier seemed a little annoyed at the settlement but it's not like it's going to throw the Sabres' cap figures off or anything.
---Doesn't appear like there's many, or maybe any, major fires left in the Sabres' iron. Regier said he's looking to putting together a Portland roster and to training camp. That doesn't sound like Lee Stempniak, Kevin Bieksa, Tomas Kaberle or anyone else new is walking through the door any time soon, folks.
---Wonder if the Sabres would have dealt for another veteran defenseman if the news on Craig Rivet's shoulder was bad. Regier said today Rivet will be ready to start the season. The Sabres may have been forced to take a different tact if Rivet's return was going to be in November. They couldn't have started the season with Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler and Mike Weber as half of their defense corps. Right?
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