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7/5/2006 10:30:42 PM

TORONTO (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres are in for a busy summer.

A total of 69 NHL players, including 12 members of the Sabres, invoked their right for salary arbitration Wednesday, the deadline to file.

Teams have until 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday to elect arbitration on players, a procedure written into in the new collective bargaining agreement last summer. All hearings will take place in Toronto from July 20-August 4.

Among the Sabres opting for arbitration were co-captain Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, Ales Kotalik and defenseman Henrik Tallinder. Maxim Afinogenov, Tim Connolly and blue-liners Toni Lydman and Brian Campbell also decided to file.

The Florida Panthers ran a close second to Buffalo with eight players filing, including Stephen Weiss and defensemen Jay Bouwmeester, Ric Jackman and Mike Van Ryn. Bryan Allen, who was acquired in the June 23 trade that sent star goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Vancouver Canucks, filed but agreed to terms on a new contract with the Panthers shortly thereafter.

Also choosing arbitration were Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils, Martin Havlat of the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes forwards Mike Comrie and Ladislav Nagy, Michael Ryder of the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers teammates Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Jarret Stoll.

According to the new CBA, players are eligible for salary arbitration after four years in the NHL, as opposed to the previous three-year period.

Players who made more than $1.5 million in their previous season can be taken to arbitration by their teams instead of receiving qualifying offers. Clubs also can elect arbitration for Group II free agents who declined to choose the procedure.
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