Mike Weber re-ups

courtesy of Newsobserver.com

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed 23-year old defenseman Mike Weber to a two year/$1.9 million deal, General manager Darcy Regier announced today. Weber, 6’2”, 211 lbs., and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is yet another important piece of the ever improving defensive core of the Sabres. He led the team in hits last year with 158, and will no doubt improve his game even more with the addition of defenseman Robyn Regehr.

The team still has restricted free-agents Jhonas Enroth, Andrej Sekera and Marc-Andre Gragnani left to re-sign, and the latter two would give the Sabres eight viable options on defense going into next season. This includes Shaone Morrisonn who, if he isn’t traded or successfully waived, is a prime candidate to be demoted to AHL Rochester, given where he would sit on the Sabres’ depth chart and his salary of over $2 million per year.

The re-signing of Weber leaves the Sabres with around $400, 000 of available cap space which, at this or any point, is clearly too close for comfort.

 


 

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  • Dan Sterlace

    “The re-signing of Weber leaves the Sabres with around $400, 000 of available cap space which, at this or any point, is clearly too close for comfort.”

    While this is true, remember that teams can spend up to 10% over the cap during the summer. So they’ve got $6.8 million to work with still. I know Darcy Regier said that Ales Kotalik can still play in the NHL, but it is so incredibly doubtful that I think we can discount his $3 million salary during the season. And as you said, Morrisonn is Rochester-bound unless he gets traded.

    With those two off the books that gives them a total of $1.4 million cap space once the season starts. If they give that to Enroth and sign-then-trade trade Sekera (the least consistent defenseman), they’re golden.

    • Dan Sterlace

      Also I can’t do math. At all. Discounting Kotalik and Morrisonn they’ll have around $7.4 million. I think that might be enough to lock up Sekera and Enroth.

      • Chris Elardo

        Yes, you are correct about being able to go over the cap by 10% during the summer. During the season, however, I don’t think they, or any team, would want to be right up against it. I am guessing it will take $3-$3.5 million to lock up the remaining three guys, provided they don’t trade any of them. IMO, Sekera would be fine as a 7th dman, unless we need him as a chip in a trade for a #1 center. (I know, don’t hold my breath)

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