Nov 24, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan on the bench during a game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Best Bargain Player On The Buffalo Sabres

This morning I was on twitter and saw that tweeted out a link for a list of players who are the best bargains in the NHL. I was extremely intrigued by the list and thought that I would share what I found with all of you. Don’t get too excited though, only one player from the Sabres made the list.

Mike Santorelli (25)
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First things first, the #1 rated bargain player – Mike Santorelli of the Vancouver Canucks. With 8 goals, 13 assists and a cap hit of $550,000, Santorelli’s value is currently $26,190. The last player on the list, #100 – Casey Cizikas of the New York Islanders. A value of $128,571 is calculated with his cap hit of $900,000 and production of 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.

Before telling you the one Sabre who made the list, how about a quick mention of a few former Sabres who are currently a bargain…

With the 9th best bargain value, Nathan Gerbe – 6 goals, 6 assists for 12 points, combined with his low cap hit of $550,000 gives him a value of $45,833.

Brad Boyes, who is now playing for the Florida Panthers has a value of $76,923 – 8 goals, 5 assists for 13 points, and a cap hit of $1,000,000.

Towards the end of the list is Tim Kennedy with a value of $116,667 – 1 goal, 5 assists for 6 points, and a cap hit of $700,000, while only averaging 10+ minutes of ice time per game.

Without further ado, the Buffalo Sabre who boasts the best value is……Marcus Foligno.

Marcus Foligno (82) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Foligno (82)
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Shocked? I certainly was, and then I looked into the facts. Once I began to really think about who Foligno was stacked up against, I quickly began to realize that it isn’t as big of a shock as I had thought. With his 8 points, he sits 8th among all Sabres in points – every player above him makes more than $3 million a year, other than Zemgus Girgensons.

Foligno’s current cap hit is $900,000 (includes player bonuses) – he is one of seven forwards who make less than $1 million per year, and he is also in the last year of his entry level contract. Productivity wise though, his 3 goals and 5 assists is nothing to brag about. Nonetheless he made the list, and his value is currently at $112,500. All in all, I think the Sabres are lucky to even have one player on the list – especially considering they are ranked 30th in the league in goals per game.


Make sure to head over to to check out the rest of the players on the list and see who Foligno stacks up against in the NHL.


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