SABRES EXTEND QUALIFYING OFFERS TO FIVE PLAYERS
Wednesday, 06.25.2008 / 8:54 PM ET / News
By Brian Wheeler - Sabres.com
- Steve Bernier (RW)
- Paul Gaustad (C)
- Clarke MacArthur (LW)
- Mark Mancari
- Daniel Paille (LW)
Buffalo matched a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet last summer that was extended to Thomas Vanek by the Edmonton Oilers. At the time, Vanek was a restricted free agent who had been tendered a qualifying offer.
The Oilers would have owed Buffalo four first-round draft picks if they signed Vanek. Draft pick compensation is based on the offer's average annual salary. Four first-round picks is the maximum compensation, and required for any team that makes an offer of more than $5 million a year.
Five players from the Sabres 2007-08 team will become unrestricted free agents as of July 1, including Dmitri Kalinin, Teppo Numminen, Nolan Pratt, Michael Ryan and Jocelyn Thibault.