Sabres sign Sekera and MacArthur to deals
What did you do over the weekend? Apparently, it seems Darcy was doing some work the last few days, while you were sitting around being a slob.
The Buffalo Sabres announced this morning that they have come to terms on deals with restricted free agents Andrej Sekera and Clarke MacArthur.
Sekera, who appeared in 69 games for the Sabres last season, gets a two-year contract. Terms are not available at this time, but a Slovak website reports that it is worth $2 million, assumingly over the course of the deal, not per year.
Sekera, who made $659,000 last season, was a key defenseman for long stretches of the 2008-2009 campaign, but seemed to tail off near the end. Andrej still has a lot of potential, and the team will know what they have with him by the end of the deal. Sekera will become a restricted free agent when the deal expires.
MacArthur, who had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, signed a one-year deal, avoiding the task of taking his case in front of the judge. MacArthur had a career high 17 goals in 71 games last season for the Sabres.
The deals leave Drew Stafford as the only key restricted free agent remaining for the Sabres before training camp starts in September. With a full lineup’s worth of NHL players under contract, it seems apparent that the Sabres we see this fall will look a lot like the Sabres we saw in April, barring any trading done by the general manager.