- Courtsey of ThreeRiversburgh.com
With the Buffalo Sabres signing defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a long term deal the Sabres are now going to have to play with some numbers in regards to their salary cap.
According to the Buffalo News the Sabres have about $10.5 million in salary cap space. However, there is a clause that allows a team to go over their cap by 10 percent, which equates to $6.4 million. However, the team must be under the salary cap come start of the regular season.
The problem is that the Sabres have three restricted free agents to sign in defensemen Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber and Marc-Andre Gragnani. The total to resign all three will be around $2.5-$3.0 million. In addition the Sabres need to resign forward Cody McCormick for their fourth line and he was $500 thousand last year.
That means the Sabres have about $7.0 million in cap space, $2.0 million of which would be reserved for call ups. That means if the Sabres are going to sign forward Brad Richards they are going to have to come up with some creative ways to sign him or make roster moves.
If the Sabres do sign Richards what will most likely happen is that forwards Ales Kotalik and Jochen Hecht will be traded for draft picks or bought out. That would open a position at center that will most likely be filled by center Luke Adam who was the AHL’s rookie of the year.
In the end, this summer is going to be one crazy ride following the Sabres.