With the looming lockout only days away, and the threat of a work stoppage soon to be made true by Gary Bettman, it seems like a lot of teams are all signing their young talent to long terms deals. Taylor Hall was recently signed to a 6 year deal, as well as Jordan Eberle. And Boston’s Tyler Seguin just tacked another 6 years onto his time in Bean-town. After the owners decided to propose a five year limit on contracts, the ink started drying on six year contracts.
What does this mean for the Buffalo Sabres and restricted free agent Tyler Ennis. Now we all know he will not make Hall or Seguin money, both of them were drafted first and second respectively. We are all more expecting a 2-4 year deal for around $2.5-3. This is because he has the potential to be great like the priorly mentioned, but has not shown it all just yet.
So, are the Buffalo Sabres scared of signing him? With the lockout soon to come, could they be holding off on signing him so as to not have to pay him any signing bonuses or maybe to avoid paying the full salary if the season was cut short.
I however, think they are business smart. By holding off till now, or even till the lockout ends, they will still retain his rights and will possibly be able to convince him to accept a lower salary in order to play. Possibly they are sure of a deal getting done, knowing something we don’t know, and are using the lockout to scare the contract into him. I don’t know, its all just senseless ramblings in my head.
Let us all just be hopeful that he is signed at some point, because he could be a star in this league, like a Martin St. Louis. However the Buffalo Sabres feel about him, I hope our #2 Center is back on the roster sooner rather than later.