Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Paetsch Puts Pen to Paper

The Sabres locked up their last potential arbitration hearing by signing Nathan Paetsch to a 3-year deal on Tuesday. The financial terms were not released, but where the market stands for Paetsch, I would imagine he'd get a tiered deal which would probably even out to be around $2 million a year. That would fit him underneath the cap and give the Sabres seven solid defensemen.

Paetsch managed 24 points in 63 games last season, including 2 goals. That ranks him 74th amongst all defensemen last season, which is definitely pool worthy. With a bit more of a regular job, you could see an increase in points by about 10, depending on his desire to be in the line-up.

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