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Briere signs two-year deal with Canadiens; Sabres' buyout of Gerbe is not of compliance variety

By John Vogl

Sabres fans will get to see a lot of Danny Briere. He’ll just be playing against Buffalo rather than for it.

The former Sabres co-captain has agreed to a two-year deal with the division-rival Montreal Canadiens. He’ll make $4 million per year, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and TSN.

The Sabres were one of eight teams in the running for Briere, he told The News earlier in the week, but the Canadiens won the sweepstakes.

In other news, the Sabres have informed The News their buyout of Nathan Gerbe is not a compliance buyout. It is just a normal buyout, which means they still have two compliance buyouts – buyouts that pay the player while erasing him from their salary cap – to use next summer.

Because of his age (25), the Sabres have bought out Gerbe’s contract for one-third the cost of his salary. He was set to make $1.85 million this year and will get $616,605.

CapGeek.com reports that the Sabres will receive a cap credit of $91,667 this season, while Gerbe will count $308,333 against the Sabres’ cap in 2014-15.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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