Well, the Sabres finally managed to extend the contract of Jason Pominville on Thursday. Pominville, 25, was scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season and could very well have been a subject to an offer sheet, much like Thomas Vanek was. There was no financial terms announced with this extension, but it could very well be in the neighbourhood of $4 million per year, but that's just speculation on my part.
Pominville was a force for the Sabres last season, scoring 27 goals and 53 assists in all 82 games and made a very potent tandem with forward Derek Roy as well. With both Pominville and Roy under contract for the next five seasons (length of Roy's 2007 contract), the Sabres have a duo that can compete with the rest of the Northeast Division.
As for pool value, both Pominville and Roy finished in the top 30 in pool players last season and it remains to be seen if they can continue at that pace. Depending on how deep your pool is, there is a good likelihood that they'll both be second round players in your draft, not to mention worthy of some consideration on the Sherpa's Selection Sheet (although they are in tough company in their respective boxes). I would be somewhat skeptical of their ability to repeat their big seasons, but that would only make them a steal if I was to pick one of them later on.
Exciting days in Buffalo now... they might have themselves a good little team again this season.