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04-02-2014, 01:01 PM
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Jake McCabe signs 3-year ELC

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year, entry-level contract.
source: https://twitter.com/SabresPR/status/451418710495211521

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Awesome! Judging from Murrays interview he is going to be play for the Sabres for the last 7 games?

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SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN JAKE McCABE

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 2, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year, entry-level contract.

McCabe (6'0", 195 lbs., 10/12/93) recently completed his junior season with the University of Wisconsin (Big Ten), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors by registering a career-high 25 points (8+17) through 33 games and serving as the team’s assistant captain in 2013-14. His point total was fifth-best for the Badgers, who captured the Big Ten conference tournament championship, and fourth-best among defensemen in the Big Ten. In 2013, he served as captain of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, where the United States took home the gold medal.

The Eau Claire, Wis. native was selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his collegiate career, McCabe played two seasons with the U17 and U18 U.S. National Development Teams (USHL), appearing in 54 games and collecting 11 points (2+9).

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Just as an FYI in this thread...there is no sliding of the contract. He steps on the ice this year in AHL or NHL, a year is gone.

(And it has to be 3 years because of his age)

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Since 4 & 19 are taken, will he go with 92?

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Can someone give me a quick synopsis of what kind of player he can be compared too if he reaches his potential? I know he's young but what are his strengths vs. weaknesses?

I think with all the hype surrounding Zadorov, Ristolainen, and for me personally Mark Pysyk, I haven't watched much of him at all (school time takes over too :/ lol)

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Can someone give me a quick synopsis of what kind of player he can be compared too if he reaches his potential? I know he's young but what are his strengths vs. weaknesses?

I think with all the hype surrounding Zadorov, Ristolainen, and for me personally Mark Pysyk, I haven't watched much of him at all (school time takes over too :/ lol)
http://www.amerks.com/newsX.asp?type=News&aID=557

The 18-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, describes himself as a steady defender, comparing his game to Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers.

“I’m a two-way defenseman. I’m used in all situations; I’m comfortable in all situations. I think I’m a leader, out there blocking shots for my teammates. I’m a competitor, at my best when I’m making a good first hit. I just want to be reliable in all situations, penalty kill, power play. Eventually I want to be comfortable taking on a team’s top line.”

DEVINE SAYS: “We actually McCabe rated at the end of the first round. We weren’t sure if we were going to get a forward or defense, but he was too high up on our board. He played for (Rochester head coach) Ron Rolston before, so we know about his character.”

EDIT: Watching him on BTN all year, this is pretty much exactly what I've seen. He's big time, big moment player. Only time you ever hear his name is when he's making a great play, don't think I've ever seen him make a mistake.

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Can someone give me a quick synopsis of what kind of player he can be compared too if he reaches his potential? I know he's young but what are his strengths vs. weaknesses?

I think with all the hype surrounding Zadorov, Ristolainen, and for me personally Mark Pysyk, I haven't watched much of him at all (school time takes over too :/ lol)
He's a Hammer/Girardi type. Doesn't really excel in any one particular area.....but also has no glaring weakness other than the occasional brain fart.

He's also quite similar to Pysyk.....but McCabe will initiate physically.

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Just as an FYI in this thread...there is no sliding of the contract. He steps on the ice this year in AHL or NHL, a year is gone.

(And it has to be 3 years because of his age)
Why'd we bother then? Wastes a year

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Why'd we bother then? Wastes a year
The year is either going to get wasted this year or next year.

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Just as an FYI in this thread...there is no sliding of the contract. He steps on the ice this year in AHL or NHL, a year is gone.

(And it has to be 3 years because of his age)
Not entirely true. I believe that if his ELC starts this season (which it would have to for him to play in the NHL), then he is not eligible for loan to the AHL. He can play in the AHL with an ELC that starts next season, however, if he signs an ATO with Rochester (in which case his ELC would start next season and still run for three years).

That said, based on what we've heard so far, it seems as if it will be an ELC that starts this season. In that case, if he plays a game this season, it counts as one of his 3 years of waiver exemption. He would still be waiver exempt until he's played 160 games or the 2016 offseason, whichever comes first. He'll also be UFA eligible in 2021.

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Didn't Murray say he would likely be in Buffalo and not Rochester? Does he play Thursday?

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Why'd we bother then? Wastes a year
Otherwise the team risks him going back to Wisconsin and possibly not signing next year, opting instead to go UFA.

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Ristolainen is up on emergency recall and McCabe is traveling with the team. Almost a guarantee Risto goes back down and McCabe plays.

Also, holy crap, McCabe looks like a 10-year vet:


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Why'd we bother then? Wastes a year
Probably the quid pro quo for his agreement to turn pro. McCabe turns pro, gets some NHL coin in his pocket, and kills Year 1 of his ELC. Maybe they didn't want him to go back to Wisconsin and then flirt with disaster--i.e., having him refuse to sign, thereby making him a UFA--next spring/summer. Also, I don't care much one way or another. We have an owner willing to spend to the cap. They'll figure it out down the road when that bridge has to be crossed.

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By joining the #Sabres and playing now, 2013-14 becomes Year 1 of Jake McCabe's 3-year entry level contract.

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Also, holy crap, McCabe looks like a 10-year vet:
He needs to get rid of that red tape.


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He needs to get rid of that red tape.

That's from development camp

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Probably the quid pro quo for his agreement to turn pro. McCabe turns pro, gets some NHL coin in his pocket, and kills Year 1 of his ELC. Maybe they didn't want him to go back to Wisconsin and then flirt with disaster--i.e., having him refuse to sign, thereby making him a UFA--next spring/summer. Also, I don't care much one way or another. We have an owner willing to spend to the cap. They'll figure it out down the road when that bridge has to be crossed.
Exactly.

I have no problem with either side doing that.

Just like Rudy last year.

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Awesome. Excited to see him play, he can't be worse than weber and certainly not Sulzer at this point. And now we have another option on defense instead of John scott. But of course this isn't a short-term signing

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Not very often a team has a 20 year old and two 18 year old D that are physically ready for the NHL.

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Not entirely true. I believe that if his ELC starts this season (which it would have to for him to play in the NHL), then he is not eligible for loan to the AHL. He can play in the AHL with an ELC that starts next season, however, if he signs an ATO with Rochester (in which case his ELC would start next season and still run for three years).

That said, based on what we've heard so far, it seems as if it will be an ELC that starts this season. In that case, if he plays a game this season, it counts as one of his 3 years of waiver exemption. He would still be waiver exempt until he's played 160 games or the 2016 offseason, whichever comes first. He'll also be UFA eligible in 2021.
You sure? Its a standard 3 year ELC 2 way. The CBA is muddy on this.

Is it because of roster/playoff locks in the AHL? It can't be because of the contract.

Sure, we can sign him to an AHL ATO, but then we're leaving next year in the air anyway.


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Probably the quid pro quo for his agreement to turn pro. McCabe turns pro, gets some NHL coin in his pocket, and kills Year 1 of his ELC. Maybe they didn't want him to go back to Wisconsin and then flirt with disaster--i.e., having him refuse to sign, thereby making him a UFA--next spring/summer. Also, I don't care much one way or another. We have an owner willing to spend to the cap. They'll figure it out down the road when that bridge has to be crossed.
Agreed. To add to this, as pointed out earlier he has to sign for 3 years due to age...college ELCs for older players are 1-2 years, and I'd assume McCabe would fall into this age range by this time next year if we had put off on signing him

Essentially, he's signing a 2 year contract either way, since this year is a wash. Better to start the 2 years now rather than next year, when there's the distinct possibility of him pulling a Justin Schultz


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