It's an hour for commishes actually. They can't bid on their own players within an hour of 10, unless they prove they were interested in the player and were bidding on the player before an hour before 10.
The Sabres GM's office is pleased to announce that some valuable peices to the championship puzzle have been picked up on the first day of the auction draft. Half the team has been assembled and 43.5 million has been spent. Management paid more than planned for a premier champion two-way pivot (Bergeron) and a top-level offensive defenseman (Visnovsky) on the belief that the value of such assets will only rise in the coming days of the draft. Securing one of the best goalies early at a decent salary is much appreciated by all in the offices of the Buffalo Sabres. The team is buit to make an immediate cup run with the eye to producing youth who could grow in the organization as well as contribute right away.
Patrice Bergeron 6.75
David Krejci 5.75
Nathan Horton 4.75
Saku Koivu 2.75
Jiri Hudler 2.25
Frans Nielson 2.25
Daniel Winnik 2.25
St. Paul, MN - With a final minute bid, the Minnesota Wild and GM K9 turned a day of inexpensive depth into a #1 centre and superstar. Ryan Getzlaf was snagged from Anaheim for a price tag of 9 million. Some will argue the Wild overpaid for Ryan, but his offensive production and gritty style will pay huge dividends in the future. Following the signing, Ryan was named captain of the Minnesota Wild.
Aside from Getzlaf, the Wild added three important pieces of the puzzle, signing Nick Foligno (2.00M), Cam Atkinson (0.750M) and Jamie McBain (0.500M).
Sabres add stars Chara and Iginla, salaries top $60 million
The 30-minute bidding war at the end of day one saw Buffalo victorious with the league's greatest defenseman Zdeno Chara ($9.75 million) and premier experienced power forward Jarome Iginla ($7 million) joining the ranks. The Sabres have now spent a grand total of $ 60.25 million to set a record in the auction draft. The only major pieces left are a couple of scoring line left wingers and a top pairing defenseman.
LW - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
LW - Patrice Bergeron - Jarome Iginla (A)
Jiri Hudler - Saku Koivu - RW
Daniel Winnik - Frans Nielson - RW
Zdeno Chara (C) - D
Francois Beauchemin - Lubomir Visnovsky
Fedor Tyutin - Dougie Hamilton
Amazing to see how guys man-crushes on certain players affect the money they make. I'm not calling anyone out, I certainly didn't pay Getzlaf 9 million because he's that good, the fact he's from my hometown plays into it, but wow. Ward for 3.5 and Rask at over 6? It's crazy. This was such an interesting idea for a game.