The Buffalo Sabres had until 5 p.m. today to tender qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. A total of five players received offers: forwards Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, and goaltender Matt Hackett. Defenseman Jamie McBain and goaltender Connor Knapp did not receive qualifying offers.
NHL free agency begins on noon ET on Tuesday July 1. Aside from teams trying to retain their own free agents, many others will find new teams to call home. With a $69 million salary cap, teams can be expected to spend frivolously. The Sabres might be one of those teams. They currently have eight roster openings and $31.3 million in total salary, leaving them $19.7 million away from the $51 million salary floor.
Who might the Sabres try to sign? None other than former Sabres Matt Moulson and Steve Ott. General Manager Tim Murray said he's looking for veterans to help the younger players in the organization. He cited former Sabres Steve Ott and Matt Moulson as the types of players who he would like to sign.
There are a plethora of players waiting the noon ET starting time on Tuesday. The available forwards include Brad Richards, Jarome Iginla, Matt Moulson, and Thomas Vanek among many others. Defenceman include Matt Niskanen, Anton Stralman, Willie Mitchell, and Michael Del Zotto amongst several others. The available goaltenders features several former Vezina Trophy winners and a sure-fire hall of famer. Former Sabre Ryan Miller, traded at the trade deadline to the St. Louis Blues, is now in search of a new team. All-time winningest goalie in NHL history Martin Brodeur, was let go by the New Jersey Devils.
Expect a flurry of activity on Tuesday afternoon. The Sabres will be right in the middle of all the action. Stay tuned to Sabres 101 for all the information regarding the 2014 NHL free agency.
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