Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sabres Send Two Down

The Sabres continued to send down some of their young talent on Wednesday, shipping Nathan Gerbe and Mike Weber down to the AHL. Both Gerbe and Weber haven't had the best of luck cracking the Sabres line-up in their career, being sent down to the AHL at pretty much every turn.

The Sabres don't have the most up-to-date roster posted, but here is a rough estimate of what it should look like.

Derek RoyCraig RivetRyan Miller
Jason PominvilleToni LydmanPatrick Lalime
Thomas VanekSteve Montador
Tim ConnollyAndrej Sekera
Drew StaffordHenrik Tallinder
Clarke MacArthurChris Butler
Paul GaustadNathan Paetsch
Dan PailleTyler Myers
Jochen Hecht

Mike Grier

Matt Ellis

Patrik Kaleta

The Sabres have a fairly complete line-up above, but there does seem to be a bit of a logjam among the defensemen. Having eight projected defensemen usually means that one will be cut before the start of their season.

The line-up above has just enough players on the forward lines to suit a full team, so there shouldn't be much of an issue there. Thomas Vanek (pictured) leads a fairly similar core group of players, along with a number of new depth faces. This should be a pretty hard working club again this season.

Salary CapThe 22 players that are listed above, surprisingly don't come at a very reasonable cost. Their current cap number, if the list of players is correct, sits at $56.2 million, only $600,000 short of the cap ceiling. No matter what their line-up looks like, they will likely be keeping only 22 players in their opening night line-up.

Last night was the annual draft for the Opiated Sherpa website and there were six Sabres taken all together. Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford were all selected in rounds 2 through 12.

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