It appears that the Buffao Sabres have inked restricted free agent Nathan Gerbe to a long term deal. **EDIT 1:18PM – while long term was how it was first described to me, its more like a multi-year deal, with the deal being three years. I have heard the number to be around the 4-5 million dollar range.
Terms and conditions have yet to be released, but it eliminates the chance of Gerbe opting to go to arbitration. The Buffalo Sabres still have to get contracts done for Jhonas Enroth, Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber, and Marc Gragnani.
Of those four, all but Jhonas Enroth are eligible for arbitration this year. Hopefully Sekera, Weber, and Gragnani watched carefully the saga that unfolded with Tim Kennedy in arbitration. I would hate to see the Buffalo Sabres walk away from any of these three because they don’t like the contract the hearing brings.
I am sure we will have more on this as more information becomes available.