There’s less than a week to go until free agency begins on July 1st and the Buffalo Sabres announced they’ll extend qualifying offers to six of nine restricted free agents. The Buffalo Sabres announced that they will not extend offers to Victor Antipin, Jason Kasdorf and Scott Wilson.
On July 1st it’s expected that they’ll try and sign Scott Wilson to a new contract. Victor Antipin had a contract that prevented him from being sent to the AHL and with so much depth on defense the team has decided to move on.
The remaining restricted free agents who did get qualifying offers are Sam Reinhart, Nicholas Baptiste, Justin Bailey, Sean Malone, Danny O’Regan and C.J. Smith.
Unrestricted players that have not signed anywhere at this time: Colin Blackwell, Seth Griffith, Sahir Gill, Stuart Percy, Garret Ross, Jason Kasdorf, Barry Goers, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Dalton Smith, Brian Gionta, Myles Powell, Eric Knodel.
Updated 6/26: Adam Wilcox signed to a 1yr AHL contract w/ the Amerks
Update 6/28: Dalton Smith signed to a 1yr AHL contracts w/ the Amerks
Update 7/2: Seth Griffith signed a 1yr two-way w/ the Winnipeg Jets
Update 7/3: Colin Blackwell signed a 2yr two-way contract w/ the Nashville Predators
Update 7/12: Sean Malone signs 1yr two-way qualifying offer..
Update 7/15: Nick Baptiste, Justin Bailey & Danny O’Regan sign 1yr two-way qualifying offers.
Update 7/16: CJ Smith signs 1yr two-way qualifying offer.
Update 7/17: Vasily Glotov signs 1yr AHL deal w/ Rochester
Rumored: Myles Powell has signed a 1yr AHL contract.
Players we know will not return: Hudson Fasching (traded to Arizona), Justin Danforth (signed in Finland), Adam Krause (hired as an assistance coach at Minnesota Duluth), Conor Allen (not a part of the organizations future), Steve Moses (quitter), Alex Kile (signed w/ Maine in the ECHL).
Below is a list of everyone who played at least one game for the Rochester Americans in the 2017/2018 season and the contract status. Order of names is just a copy and paste from HockeyDB. This does not contain any new players that are coming into the Sabres organization and expected to play in Rochester.
|Zach Redmond||D||66||AHL contract through 19/20|
|Colin Blackwell||C||61||2yr 2way w/ Nashville Predators|
|C.J. Smith||F||57||1yr 2way w/ Buffalo|
|Kevin Porter||C||66||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Seth Griffith||C||46||1yr 2way w/ Winnipeg|
|Kyle Criscuolo||C||51||UFA in 2019/20|
|Hudson Fasching||R||69||Traded to Arizona|
|Alexander Nylander||R||51||RFA in 2021/22|
|Brendan Guhle||D||50||RFA in 2020/21|
|Sean Malone||C||73||1yr 2way w/ Buffalo|
|Eric Cornel||R||61||RFA in 2019/20|
|Nick Baptiste||R||36||1yr 2way w/ Buffalo|
|Taylor Fedun||D||45||UFA in 2019/2020|
|Justin Bailey||R||37||Received qualifying offer|
|Daniel O’Regan||C||18||1yr 2way w/ Buffalo|
|Matt Tennyson||D||50||UFA in 2019/2020|
|Casey Nelson||D||40||UFA in 2020/21|
|Evan Rodrigues||L||8||RFA in 2019/20|
|Nathan Paetsch||D||22||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Adam Krause||C||46||Assistant at Minnesota Duluth|
|Andrew MacWilliam||D||54||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Justin Danforth||F||15||Signed in Finland|
|Arvin Atwal||D||14||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Conor Allen||D||17||Signed in Czech Republic|
|Dalton Smith||L||45||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Adam Wilcox||G||29||AHL deal through end 18/19|
|Linus Ullmark||G||44||RFA in 2019/20|
|Brycen Martin||D||1||RFA in 2019/2020|
|Vaclav Karabacek||R||1||RFA in 2019/2020|
|Alex Kile||L||1||Signed in ECHL w/ Maine|
|Vasili Glotov||C||1||1yr AHL deal w/ Rochester|
|Judd Peterson||R||2||Sabres have until 8/15|
|Devante Stephens||D||6||RFA in 2020/21|
|Jonas Johansson||G||7||RFA in 2020/21|
|Will Borgen||D||8||RFA in 2021/22|
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