With the NHL Draft Combine in the rearview mirror, the focus over the next two weeks leading up to the Draft in Nashville will be teams trying to maneuver to clear cap space.
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Teams will be trying to get a maximum return in the trade market for players with short-term on their contracts that they may be unable to re-sign, while other clubs may resort to using the buyout window, which begins shortly after the end of the Stanley Cup Final and lasts until June 30.
The Buffalo Sabres are particularly well off in terms of not having any bad contracts. The closest one could be goaltender Eric Comrie. The 27-year-old signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal last summer and was supposed to be part of the NHL tandem with Craig Anderson, allowing Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to gain experience in the American Hockey League.
Comrie Injury Made Sabres Scramble
That plan fell apart when Comrie was injured in November and did not return for two months, forcing the Sabres to recall Luukkonen from the minors. In 19 games, Comrie went 9-9-1, with a 3.67 GAA and a .886 save percentage. If Buffalo bought out the remaining year of his contract, they would open up $1.2 million in cap space for 2023-24 with a $600,000 cap hit for the next two seasons.
If the Sabres keep Comrie and place him on waivers after training camp, they would clear nearly the same amount ($1.125 million) if he went unclaimed and was sent to AHL Rochester. With Malcolm Subban an unrestricted free agent, the plan for GM Kevyn Adams may be to keep Comrie as a veteran depth goalie, but there is still a belief that Buffalo needs to have a viable tandem partner with Devon Levi to improve their chances of making the playoffs.
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