Sabres avoid arbitration and lock up Roy

According to, The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.His arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday in Toronto. Roy will earn an average of $4 million per season, a huge raise over the $627,000 he made last season.

The 24-year-old had a career-high 63 points (21-42) in 75 games in 2006-07, his third NHL season. He was also a plus-37, fifth-best among all NHL skaters.

Although I think this is overpaying for him (at least for now), he would have gotten a similar award from an arbiter given the contracts offered to Vanek, Penner and others and the Sabres would only have had him for 1 or 2 years then. This way they work on keeping someone long term, which is something they historically haven’t been able to do without outside help, and give themselves a solid young core (Miller, Roy, Vanek) to work from in upcoming years.