The Buffalo Sabres have just one more restricted free agent. The team has signed Jhonas Enroth to a deal. Last week we looked at two forwards and saw RFA eligible Cody Hodgson and Brian Flynn.
The only defenseman on the RFA list for the Buffalo Sabres is Mike Weber. The Mike Weber story is the sad song of the Buffalo Sabres defense. Drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft, Mike Weber has been consistently passed over on the depth chart in favor of younger, newer members of the Buffalo Sabres organization.
It is not uncommon in recent years to see #freemikeweber signs around First Niagara Center – as the defenseman has been relinquished to the seventh man role often is his seven years with the organization.
In seven years since being draft, Weber has appeared in 174 games for the Buffalo Sabres. He has added only six goals and 26 assists in his tenure.
Weber did appear in 42 of the teams 48 games in the shortened season.
Mike Weber’s contract last year was equal to or above $1M – so he doesn’t warrant an increase in his qualifying offer. The Buffalo Sabres could qualify Mike Weber with a one year, million dollar offer to keep his services.
The Buffalo Sabres have played games with the early career of Mike Weber – and he has never been able to crack the lineup. This year be proved that he can be a stay at home defensive force for a team.
Will the Buffalo Sabres qualify Mike Weber and retain his services? I would like to see Mike Weber back in blue and gold this year if he plays the same game he came with in the lockout season.
Signing Mike Weber to a contract, could affect the Buffalo Sabres negotiations with their unrestricted free agents, Adam Pardy and Alexander Sulzer.