We Buffalo Fans are doing alot of "back of napkin" figuring on the Sabres contracts and salary cap next year but not many are considering the actual dollars they spend compared to their budget. Get out your abucus and follow along.
According to http://www.nhlnumbers.com/buf.html
the Sabres spent $45.43 million (actual dollars) on their players salries last year and report a modest profit. I woudl assume they would want to stay very near the same number for next year.
Heres a breakdown
While the following players cap number remains constant (because the cap number is the average salay over the life of the deal), the following players have actual dollar increases set for next year.
Pominville, Jason +450K
Gaustad, Paul +100K
Connolly, Tim +800K
Spacek, Jaroslav +250K
Lydman, Toni +600K
Tallinder, Henrik +900K
Kalinin, Dmitri +500K
Campbell, Brian +500K
Miller, Ryan +500K
That adds up to $5.6 million dollar actual dollar increase from last year... and $26 million in total sallary cost for these players next year.
Add in RFA increases
Vanek with a $2million dollar raise (jump from $950k to $3mil.)
Roy with a $1million dollar raise (jump from $627k to $1.6 mil)
Paetsch with a $100k raise (jump from $500k to $600k)
Paillie with a $250k raise (jump from $750k to $1mil)
$8 million increase over last year... and $32.2 in actual salary cost
Add in (the following salaries that remain constant)
We're at $35.5 in actual salary cost for 9 forwards, 6 defensemen and 1 goalie.
If we assume that the actual budget remains the same for the year (which i would assume is the case). That leaves us about $10million in actual salary dollars for next year to add at minumum 3 forwards and a backup goalie.
Given that Drury might command $7mil next year, there is no way we sign him AND Zubrus and/or Briere. In fact... Drury at $7mil might be too much alltogether.