By Mike Harrington
---As GM Darcy Regier indicated yesterday, the Sabres announced they had reached agreement this evening with Matt Ellis on a two-year, two-way contract. Ellis, 31, is expected to serve as captain of the Rochester Amerks. According to Capgeek, Ellis will make $550,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL.
---The Sabres remain in the Daniel Briere sweepstakes. The Devils and Canadiens are also possibilities. Multiple reports this evening say Briere has eliminated the Islanders from consideration. RDS in Canada is reporting there could be as many as six teams still in consideration. Buffalo certainly freed a little more money with the buyout of Nathan Gerbe.
---The Bruins are going big-money with Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron on eight-year deals. GM Peter Chiarelli said tonight a deal could be done Friday on Rask and CBC's Elliotte Friedman is saying it will be eight years and $56 million, with a $7 million cap hit that would tie with Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick for tops among NHL goalies. Bergeron is reportedly in line for $50-$52 million.
Boston is also going to set the old Northeast Division on its ear or give Daniel Alfredsson a bigger raise as the Bruins are trying to make a move on the Ottawa captain, who it was assumed was simply returning to the Senators for one more year.
---Some scary moments today in Los Angeles as Kings center Jarrett Stoll was hospitalized after having a seizure. Stoll, remember, missed six games in the playoffs after a hit from San Jose's Raffi Torres.
---Ex-Sabre Jordan Leopold has agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million extension with St. Louis, the team the Sabres traded him to prior to the deadline. Leopold's second-round pick was turned into Williamsville's Justin Bailey. The Blues were first-round playoff losers to Los Angeles, which previously gave a two-year extension to Buffalo deadline acquisition Robyn Regehr.
---The Coyotes are staying in Glendale, Ariz., after a marathon session Tuesday night that stretched to nearly 4 a.m. Eastern time allowed them to reach a new arena lease deal. The club will change its name to the "Arizona Coyotes".