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Tyler Ennis And Restricted Free Agency

Has Tyler Ennis played his last game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres?  Tyler Ennis is a restricted free agent, and must be tendered a qualify offer by the Buffalo Sabres before July 1st or Tyler Ennis will become an unrestricted free agent.

Tyler Ennis does not need to be tendered a raise on his qualifying offer because his base salary was higher than the minimum required for a raise; which is set at one million dollars.

With a full rebuild underway orchestrated by new General Manager Tim Murray – the question is, does Tyler Ennis have a place on the future roster of the Buffalo Sabres?

Ennis was a bright spot for the Buffalo Sabres this past season, scoring 21 goals, the second time he has hit 20 goals in this NHL career. His 21 goals led the team in scoring this past year.

Twenty-one goals for Tyler Ennis isn’t enough for the center, as even he recognized that he has to be better.

“I need to be more consistent. I’m happy that I beat my prior career high of 20 goals,” Ennis said. ‘But I want to get 30. I want to get 40. You want to set high goals, so I’m going to set high goals for myself.”

Furthering the case for Tyler Ennis would be the fact that down towards the end of the season the long line of injuries put Tyler Ennis in line to wear the rank of assistant captain for the team.

A team in need of goal scoring – Tyler Ennis could be the answer as the teams top line center for the foreseeable future.  He plays with an edge, and has the skill necessary to lead this group of kids.

Does he have the size and tenacity to continue in that role for the new look Buffalo Sabres has the roster begins to take shape?  That is the question the Buffalo Sabres will answer by either tendering him an offer or letting him hit free agency.

If the Buffalo Sabres only tender him a qualifying offer with no raise, there is little doubt in my mind that Tyler Ennis would reject that as a qualifying offer.  Don’t you think Ennis deserves a raise?

 Tyler Ennis Eligible For Arbitration

If the Buffalo Sabres don’t tender a qualifying offer that Ennis approves of, then he could take the team to arbitration.  Things could get messy for the Buffalo Sabres if the case goes to arbitration, as it will most likely be tendered in favor of Tyler Ennis.  The Sabres don’t really have a leg to stand on, given Tyler Ennis is one of the best players on the Buffalo Sabres roster.

If you look back at the three stars posts listed on this website, how many games did we almost cut and paste Tyler Ennis as a top star for the Buffalo Sabres when the honor wasn’t given to the teams goaltenders who were often left hung out to dry?

Do the Buffalo Sabres qualify Tyler Ennis, sign him to a long term contract – or let him go to free agency because he doesn’t fit in the with the size that the team should be looking for in a top six forward?


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