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.
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...
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.
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.