By John Vogl
So what are the big-money, big-market Maple Leafs doing near the bottom of the NHL's salary cap list? Giving themselves plenty of room to get to the top.
Toronto is buying out winger Mikhail Grabovski, who had four years and $21.5 million left on a five-year, $27.5 million deal he signed just last year. It is the second of two available compliance buyouts for the Leafs.
The move puts the Maple Leafs' payroll 29th in the 30-team NHL, according to CapGeek.com, ahead of only the New York Islanders. Toronto has $40 million committed to 12 players, according to CapGeek, which leaves it with about $24.3 million to spend on 11 players when free agency opens at noon Friday.
The Leafs have an uphill job of re-signing players, though. Tyler Bozak is an unrestricted free agent, while Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Jonathan Bernier are restricted.
By John Vogl
The Sabres have tried to make a big splash in free agency since Terry Pegula took over the team. It appears that trend will change.
General Manager Darcy Regier said today that Buffalo's prime targets in free agency, which opens Friday, will be players who can complement the current roster rather than headline it.
"The focus is going to be on supporting this younger group,
this younger core group," Regier said in First Niagara Center. "Certainly, you want good players, but you want players
who are committed to being professionals, being examples, being contributors.
Those are the most important characteristics and the most important things we
can do organizationally to make sure we progress in the direction we need to
Regier said the trade market has begun to form as the NHL heads toward its shopping season, and Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller remain available.
"I’m actively finding out what the marketplace is like, not
limited to those two players," Regier said. "There will be a number of teams we’ll speak to regarding not
just the goaltending position but other positions, as well."
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March 29, 2013 - 10:27 AM
By John Vogl
The Sabres have been looking to add centers during the past year, and it appears they've added another.
The team has signed college free agent Tim Schaller, according to congratulatory tweets sent by several Providence teammates. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder senior was named Best Defensive Forward in Hockey East Association this season.
Schaller, 22, had eight goals and 23 points in 38 games for the Friars. He won 56 percent of his faceoffs and served as an alternate captain.
Schaller has participated in development camps for the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks. It's expected he will report to the Rochester Americans for the remainder of this season. The Sabres have not announced the signing.