BUFFALO, NY - It's a bit like Black Friday come four months early for the NHL today - the annual spending spree for NHL teams. And just like Black Friday, they may end up regretting some decisions by Christmas.
Free agency started at Noon.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to sign their own players for 8 years and other players for only 7, so you might not see as many players change teams this year. And there won't be any of those mega-deals with the front-loaded salaries - those aren't allowed.
The Sabres have more than $15 million in cap space this year, ninth-highest in the league. They're about $5 million above the salary floor. But you might not see them spend much on veterans as a team in rebuilding mode.
They still have to make decisions about restricted free agents Cody Hodgson and Brian Flynn, and unrestricted free agents Adam Pardy and Alex Sulzer could end up elsewhere.
And that's all with a possible Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek trade hanging in the air.
It's a bit of a shallow free agent market this year, raising the chance that you'll see teams overpaid.
The big names:
- Former Flame and Penguin winger Jarome Iginla
- Former Capital winger Mike Ribiero
- Former Bruins winger Nathan Horton and defenseman Andrew Ference
- Former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula
- Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
- Former Devils forward David Clarkson
Some other big names, including Vincent Lecavalier and Patrick Elias are already locked up.
Stick with WGRZ.com after the free agent frenzy starts at noon for the very latest.