Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Buffalo Sabres Round-Up

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Clarke MacArthur to a 1 year, $522.5 Thousand dollar contract, defenceman Andrej Sekera to a 2 year, 2 Million dollar contract and agitator Patrick Kaleta to a 1 year, $522.5 Thousand dollar contract.

After failing to make the playoffs in the last two seasons, the Sabres have failed to bring in a desperately needed playmaker since they lost Briere and Drury. GM Darcy Regier has been very successful with re-signing the young Sabres to small dollar figure contracts, but has failed to keep any of their big name free agents in Buffalo. Without an all-star offensive playmaker and a powerplay quarterback on the team, Buffalo will once again struggle to make the playoffs.

Clarke MacArthur played in his first full season with the Sabres last year. He has a nose for the net but was a streaky scorer at the best of times last year. In 71 games, MacArthur scored 31 points, far below expectations. MacArthur will once again be bounced around the Sabres lines as coach Ruff looks for chemistry. He is worth a look in deeper leagues or as a waiver pick-up.

Andrej Sekera is another young Sabre that was given a lot of responsibility last year. Paired with Spacek on the first powerplay unit, Sekera had 19 points in 69 games. Now the default number one guy on the powerplay, he may be worth a flyer in later rounds in deeper drafts or as a waiver claim.

Patrick Kaleta quickly became one of the most hated players in the league last year. His bang and crash style of play get under the skin of his opponents and goats them into penalties. Kaleta will never be an offensive force but he will hit anything that moves. In 51 games last season, Kaleta had 9 points and 89 PIMs. If you pool rewards penalty minutes or hits, Kalets is a great choice in later rounds.


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