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Marc-Andre Gragnani signs 1 year deal ($550k/55k 2-way)

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Marc-Andre Gragnani has signed a one-year deal with the #Sabres. Read an exclusive interview with the blueliner at http://*******/p8JM8q
http://twitter.com/#!/SabresDotCom/s...41250880880640

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Grags signs 1 year deal

http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=585972

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Coming off the most successful season of his four-year professional career, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani today signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. With training camp just over a month away, Gragnani knew that he would eventually put pen to paper with the Sabres.

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And its set! I'm kind of curious now as to the packages Regier is going to be offering around the league. Saw some interesting ones posted by Garth that sound pretty good.

"Two teams that I've heard rumoured to be interested in the Slovakian Dman are NY Islanders and Columbus Blue Jax.

I've been told that Buffalo are interested in a second rounder for Sekera, or, a veteran centreman."
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/GARTH...RICHES/6/37537

Would be nice to unload Sekera and maybe a low pick for a veteran center.

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Hmm. Only one year, huh? I kind of thought that they would try and push for a longer term, maybe three years. Oh well, so long as he is a lock. Looking forward to seeing the specifics, until then

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Would be nice to unload Sekera and maybe a low pick for a veteran center.
Sekera isn't being traded.

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Hmm. Only one year, huh? I kind of thought that they would try and push for a longer term, maybe three years. Oh well, so long as he is a lock. Looking forward to seeing the specifics, until then
He (Grags)probably wanted a shorter deal because he felt he could drive his price up with a full season in the NHL.

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And its set! I'm kind of curious now as to the packages Regier is going to be offering around the league. Saw some interesting ones posted by Garth that sound pretty good.

"Two teams that I've heard rumoured to be interested in the Slovakian Dman are NY Islanders and Columbus Blue Jax.

I've been told that Buffalo are interested in a second rounder for Sekera, or, a veteran centreman."
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/GARTH...RICHES/6/37537

Would be nice to unload Sekera and maybe a low pick for a veteran center.
The guy that thinks Gragnani would get $1.5m-$1.8m. And that was after the Weber and Sekera re-signings.

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He (Grags)probably wanted a shorter deal because he felt he could drive his price up with a full season in the NHL.
Except he won't be playing a full season in the NHL.

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Sekera isn't being traded.

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Except he won't be playing a full season in the NHL.
More than a handful of games I mean.

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The guy that thinks Gragnani would get $1.5m-$1.8m. And that was after the Weber and Sekera re-signings.
They are just following their usual protocol at HockeyBuzz: everything must be wrong.

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Except he won't be playing a full season in the NHL.
Why wouldn't he?

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Grags and the team are both in great spots.

Grags gets a deal that allows him to stay in the NHL as the 7th defenseman (and make NHL salary), yet still gets 30+ games to set himself up for his next deal.

The Sabres get to see if he's a legit player without tangling themselves up with a long term team. If he is, re-sign or trade due to defensive depth. If he's not, no harm done.

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Why wouldn't he?
Where is he going to play when this roster is healthy?

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They are just following their usual protocol at HockeyBuzz: everything must be wrong.
Over 97% of what's posted there IS wrong. It's not a stretch to put no faith in their words.

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Why wouldn't he?
He's the 7th defenseman. He plays in case of injury or benching.

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nice good for Grags

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Hmm. Only one year, huh? I kind of thought that they would try and push for a longer term, maybe three years. Oh well, so long as he is a lock. Looking forward to seeing the specifics, until then
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He (Grags)probably wanted a shorter deal because he felt he could drive his price up with a full season in the NHL.
And the 3-year deal for 7th defenseman didn't workout so well when they did it with Paetsch. If they like what they get, go longer-term next year.

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And its set! I'm kind of curious now as to the packages Regier is going to be offering around the league. Saw some interesting ones posted by Garth that sound pretty good.

"Two teams that I've heard rumoured to be interested in the Slovakian Dman are NY Islanders and Columbus Blue Jax.

Would be nice to unload Sekera and maybe a low pick for a veteran center.
First off, I am stoked to see this finally get done. I would of liked to see a longer term deal(2-3 years), but can't wait to see Marc continue his development with the Squad this upcoming season.

If it's true that there looking at unloading Sekera we better be getting back a blue-chip Center in return or a 1st Round Pick in 2012 anything less is an underpayment for Rej.


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Just spoke to a Sabres player and he said Grags will sign if he has not already done it. He refused an absurd one way/two years deal like Enroth and if that player is correct he will end up signing the QO and hope : 1) that he has a good year and can go to arbitration next year or 2) they don't play him for the 61 games he has left to go to 80 and becomes a UFA. If he does not play 80 games before he is 25 he will become a UFA next year and then go where he is welcomed and can get some recognition. After all he was defenseman of the year and broke some AHL and NHL rookie records for the franchise he played for.
We will see if that is right but my source is very reliable...
Is that true?

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Grags and the team are both in great spots.

Grags gets a deal that allows him to stay in the NHL as the 7th defenseman (and make NHL salary), yet still gets 30+ games to set himself up for his next deal.

The Sabres get to see if he's a legit player without tangling themselves up with a long term team. If he is, re-sign or trade due to defensive depth. If he's not, no harm done.
LHJMQFAN points out in this post, Gragnani can become an UFA (Group 6) if he doesn't appear in 61 NHL games this season. My calculations have it at 58 games.

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And the 3-year deal for 7th defenseman didn't workout so well when they did it with Paetsch. If they like what they get, go longer-term next year.
This makes sense, except I think that grags shows so much more potential and promise than Paetsch did (I liked paetsch, very versatile player). Regardless of promise, it makes sense if his development is stymied.

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Yeah, I agree with that. Can't see him getting to 61 unless there's a catastrophic injury to someone else.

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1-way or 2-way deal?

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Is that true?
From NHL.COM

These players, whose contracts have expired, are age 25 or older, have completed three or more professional seasons, and (i) in the case of a player other than a goaltender, have played less than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (ii) in the case of a goaltender, have played less than 28 NHL games (regular-season and playoff).
I guess he fits this but it's regular season and playoffs. He's played 22. So he has to play 58 or he's a UFA. That said, who cares about losing him. If he has a breakout season, he'll play more than 58 and we won't lose him to UFA.

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Where is he going to play when this roster is healthy?
He can play as a forward or defenseman, so he's pretty versatile and I'm sure he'll get plenty of games.

You can basically give him 30 right off the bat since Kaleta is only capable of 50.

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Is that true?
Yeah, except it's 58 games.

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He can play as a forward or defenseman, so he's pretty versatile and I'm sure he'll get plenty of games.

You can basically give him 30 right off the bat since Kaleta is only capable of 50.

Yeah, except it's 58 games.
Yep. If he's the #13 forward and #7 d-man 58 shouldn't be too hard to reach.

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