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.


12 Responses to Sabres avoid arbitration and lock up Roy

  1. mikster says:

    At a first glance i thought it was ridiculous, but 63 points and a superb +/- is pretty damn good for his age, and it’s around what Horton go too, so, seems reasonable.

    Good one for the Sabres, Roy is worthy to have long-term. This team will be still so damn good when Stafford and other youngsters step it up.

  2. loco42 says:

    Well put. I thought it was much until I saw his stats. This kid’s got game. He’ll have to step it up now that Briere and Drury are gone.

  3. kamullia says:

    I think this is a great signing, especially because of the length of the contract. Everyone benefited here, and is pretty fair to everyone, except maybe at the end of the deal for Roy if he increases his production. But you cannot get something for nothing...

  4. moosehockey says:

    hell compared to the 4.3/year for Penner this is a steal! Good move by the Sabres to lock their guys up long term, still some good youth coming up and some cap space… now they should sign Miller and Campbell long term.

  5. wayne2 says:

    As long as he dont pull a Yashin and try to break/re-negotiate his contract half way,god i`m glad he`s off to Russia.

  6. Milohabs says:

    Brilliant signing for the Sabres. I like that they have now locked up Vanek 7 Roy long-term. At 4 mill a year, this will turn out to be a steal for the Sabres, this guy is a rising star and with Drury & Briere gone, an future captain with top line minutes coming his way.

    Excellent job!!

  7. kamullia says:

    You’re absolutely right. I was not fond of Peca doing it either.

  8. nordiques100 says:

    just think…..roy will be 28, 29 30, his prime years, in his final years of the contract making 4 million per. thats a huge bargain. at taht point he may be a 80-90 point player considering now he is likely their top centre for years to come.

  9. Tweek says:

    I don't know.  It's pretty silly to give this guy 4 million a year at such a young age.  Will he be good?  Most likely but its almost as if teams are signing up players when they are young based purely on potential.  Its a huge risk for teams to be signing guys with little experience to such long term contracts.

    Something completely unrelated.  Does anybody know of any good fantasy hockey keeper leagues?

  10. wingsfan13 says:

    roy is going to be the next briere for buffalo except a bonified #1 center, you'll see.  and for a cheaper price than $7.5million

  11. tacitus says:

    so areu saying Briere is not a bonified number 1 center???? briere is better they roy any day

  12. lookche says:

    This doesn’t make up for the fact that Briere’s agent offered the Sabres a 5 year, 25 million dollar extention right after abitration. That could have saved the Sabres alot of trouble.

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