The former first-round pick of 2002 for the Sabres played in 77 games last season, scoring 19 goals and 16 assists, with potential for a little bit more. If the team had a little more quality around Paille, he would likely be a 50-point producer in the NHL. He should be able to make the jump to 40+ points this season, which could make him a bit of a sleeper.
The team also announced that Clarke MacArthur and Mike Mancari each signed their qualifying offers for 1-year deals on Wednesday. MacArthur, the more likely of the two to make the line-up this season, played in 37 games last season, registering 15 points. His involvement doesn't seem to be guaranteed (yet), so his salary won't count against the cap full-time (yet).
|Thomas Vanek||Craig Rivet||Ryan Miller|
|Derek Roy||Jaroslav Spacek||Patrick Lalime|
|Maxim Afinogenov||Toni Lydman|
|Tim Connolly||Henrik Tallinder|
|Ales Kotalik||Nathan Paetsch|
Since the last update on July 1st, the team sent Steve Bernier to Vancouver and acquired Craig Rivet from San Jose, with picks going in the opposite direction of the players. If the prediction of Paille's salary is correct, the team now has 18 players signed on (see above) at a rate of $48.1 million. The team still has plenty of space to maneuvre for something else, but it will likely use it's open spots for players within the organization.