To prevent GM's stealing star players from other GM's in the final seconds, the open bidding for the top three players has been modified. If you place a bid later than 10:25 PM EST the bid will last for 5 minutes no matter what. That means if you placed a bid at 10:28, the auction for the player will go to 10:33. If someone increases the bid at 10:36, the bidding would stop at 10:41. This will go on until the five minutes ends without any GM going higher than the current bid.
Buffalo Sabres one player away from full line-up Parise would have been #20 but was lost in the end
Zach Parise was expected to be the last piece of the championship puzzle for the Sabres of Buffalo. Unfortunately, in the dying seconds of the auction, Buffalo was outbid by Vancouver. "We've built a contender in two days, with just one important part missing. Once we get a quality top-line forward, we're satisfied we can compete with the best." On day two, Buffalo had earlier acquired two-way consistent winger Martin Erat for the 2nd line, big, speedy Rene Bourque for the 3rd line, and 20-year-old well-performing NHL rookie Brendan Gallagher in a depth, developing role on the back line. Luke Schenn rounds out the Sabres defense and backup Peter Budaj was picked up to play infrequently behind Tukka Rask.
LEFT WINGER - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Martin Erat - Patrice Bergeron - Jarome Iginla (A)
Jiri Hudler - Saku Koivu - Rene Bourque
Daniel Winnik - Frans Nielson - Brenden Gallagher
Zdeno Chara (C) - Lubomir Visnovsky
Francois Beauchemin - Luke Schenn
Fedor Tyutin - Dougie Hamilton
Fedor Tyutin 2.75
Jiri Hudler 2.25
Daniel Winnik 2.25
Francois Beauchemin 3.75
Saku Koivu 2.75
Lubomir Visnovsky 3.75
Frans Nielson 2.25
David Krejci 5.75
Patrice Bergeron 6.75
Nathan Horton 4.75
Tukka Rask 6.75
Dougie Hamilton 2.25
Jarome Iginla 7.0
Zdeno Chara 9.75
Martin Erat 4.75
Rene Bourque 2.25
Luke Schenn 3.25
Brendan Gallagher 1.0
Peter Budaj 0.5
Spent: 74.5 million on 19 players
Cap: 85 million
Remaining $ 10.5 million with a top line left winger to come.
St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Wild had high hopes today, making early bids on PK Subban and Josh Harding, and last minute ones on Loui Eriksson and Carey Price, but at the end of the day, decided to wait another. Not all was lost for the Wild, who picked up top Defender Josh Georges and gorgeous country music superstar Carrie Underwood. Georges brings a top 4 Defensive presence, and Carrie adds a face carved by angels and will be singing the star spangled banner wrapped only in the American flag at every home game. Also added were Scottie Upshall, at a 500k bargain, and some guy named "Mike Fisher", who is said to be a two-way centre suitable for any second line.