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7/27/2006 10:46:53 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Jason Pominville, agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal.

Pominville was scheduled for arbitration on Friday. Pominville was one of 12 Sabres who elected for arbitration. Buffalo has settled with five players ahead of their hearings, but still have six to go.

Forward Daniel Briere was awarded a one-year, $5 million contract on July 23. The Sabres will have 48 hours after their last hearing is decided to accept or decline Briere's settlement.

In his rookie season with Buffalo in 2005-06, Pominville acored 18 goals and 12 assists in 57 games, notching 10 power-play goals and two game winners. The 23-year-old Pominville started the season in Rochester (AHL), and was leading the league with 19 goals in 18 games at the time of his recall on November 26.

During the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pominville led all NHL rookies with five goals and 10 points in 18 games. Pominville became the first player in NHL history to clinch a series win in OT with a shorthanded goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Ottawa. He also scored a hat trick in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Philadelphia.

Pominville was Buffalo's fourth choice (55th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

While playing with Shawinigan of the QMJHL in 2002, Pominville was named to the league's First All-Star Team, scoring 121 points (57+64) in 66 games.
 

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Sabres Sign Two!!

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7/27/2006 2:51:14 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Defenceman Toni Lydman and forward Jason Pominville avoided arbitration and agreed to long-term deals with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Lydman agreed to a $11.5-million US, four-year deal shortly before his arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin.

Pominville, whose hearing was scheduled for Friday, agreed to a $3.1-million US, three-year contract.

Lydman, a five-year NHL veteran, will make $2.3 million next season, $2.9 million in 2007-08 and $3.15 million in each of the next two years. He made $1.9 million last season, his first with Buffalo after being acquired from Calgary.

Lydman was among Buffalo's top four blue-liners, registering one goal and 16 assists in 75 regular-season games. He added a goal and five assists in 18 playoff games in helping the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference final.

Pominville will make $800,000 next season, $925,000 the following year and $1.375 million in the third year. His pay rate was the league-minimum $450,000 last season.

Pominville is coming off a strong year where he led all rookies in playoff scoring with 10 points - five goals and five assists. He became the first player in playoff history to clinch a series with a short-handed goal in overtime to give Buffalo a 3-2 win over Ottawa in Game 5 in the second round.

Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2001 draft, Pominville emerged as a dependable third-line forward and power-play threat after opening last season in the minors. He finished second among Sabres rookies in scoring with 18 goals (10 on the power play) and 12 assists in 57 games.
 

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Lindman, Promville stays.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Defenseman Toni Lydman and forward Jason Pominville avoided arbitration and agreed to long-term deals with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Lydman agreed to a four-year, $11.5 million deal shortly before his arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin, the NHL Players Association said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Pominville, whose hearing was scheduled for Friday, agreed to a three-year, $3.1 million contract, the team said.

A five-year NHL veteran, Lydman will make $2.3 million next season, $2.9 million in 2007-08 and $3.15 million in each of his final two years. He made $1.9 million last season, his first with Buffalo after the team acquired him in a trade with Calgary.

Lydman was among Buffalo's top four blue-liners, registering one goal and 16 assists in 75 regular season games. He added a goal and five assists in 18 playoff games for Buffalo, helping the team reach the Eastern Conference final, which it lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.




Pominville will make $800,000 next season, $925,000 the following year and $1.375 million in the final year. He made $450,000 last season.

Pominville is coming off a strong year where he led all rookies in playoff scoring with 10 points (five goals and five assists) in 18 games to help the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference final.

Pominville's most memorable goal came when he became the first player in playoff history to clinch a series with a short-handed, overtime goal. It happened in Buffalo's 3-2 win over Ottawa in Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2001 draft, Pominville emerged as a dependable third-line forward and power-play threat after opening last season in the minors. He finished second among Sabres rookies in scoring with 18 goals (10 on the power play) and 12 assists in 57 games
this is a good sign by the sabres.
 

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I remember seeing that game against Ottawa this playoffs. The way he sped around Alfie, cut inside on Emery, and whisped by Redden short-handed like that. What a killer.

And I'm not even a Sens fan. Brutal.
 
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