Now that a month has passed since "Black Sunday" (Captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury left for much greener pastures) a little objectivity can set in...Buffalo is still very well-off. And although they signed Thomas Vanek (7 years, $50 million) and Derek Roy (6 years, $24 million) to more money than they would have liked, at the end of the day the Sabres have these two offensive talents locked up until they're both 30 years old.
|Thomas Vanek||Derek Roy||Maxim Afinogenov|
|Ales Kotalik||Tim Connolly||Jason Pominville|
|Jochen Hecht||Paul Gaustad||Drew Stafford|
|Dan Paille||Adam Mair|
|Andrew Peters||Mike Ryan|
|possible rookies: C – Marek Zagrapan, |
W - Clarke MacArthur, Patrick Kaleta, Mark Mancari.
|Henrik Tallinder||Toni Lydman|
|Brian Campbell||Teppo Numminen|
|Dmitri Kalinin||Jaroslav Spacek|
|Nathan Paetsch |
|Possible rookies: Michael Funk, Andrej Sekera, Mike Card |
|Ryan Miller||Jocelyn Thibault|
The next major front office order of business must be to lock up Ryan Miller for as long as possible. For all the press about Buffalo's new-NHL powerhouse offence, they go nowhere without Miller.
With the entire roster now signed, the Sabres' cap hit stands at just over US$45million, leaving about $5.1 million of space under the cap, giving them room to afford any sort of "rental" if they go that route this season.