Niagara Gazette


July 22, 2011

Sabres ink Enroth to two-year deal



Enroth’s brother, Mattias, recently tweeted contract negotiations weren’t going well.

Regier said Mark Jakubowski, his assistant, handled the contract.

“I said, ‘Mark, what would you like me to tell the media on how these negotiations went?’” Regier said. “He laughed and he said, ‘Why don’t we just leave it at long?’”

With Enroth inked, the Sabres have only one restricted free agent left, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani.

“We will probably pick that up with a little more intensity in the next week or two,” Regier said about signing Gragnani. “Having Jhonas done and (Andrej) Sekera done, I think now we can slowly focus on Grags.”

Before the Enroth deal, the Sabres were $2,920,357 over the $64.3 million salary cap, according to They can exceed the cap by up to 10 percent now and have until opening night to get under.

Regier said he’s still looking into trades.

“We talked to some teams that maybe have some needs in some areas we have depth,” Regier said. “We’ll look to see if there’s an opportunity, even where we are, to improve the team.”

Following a flurry of activity earlier this offseason, the trade market has cooled recently. Regier expects it to get going again soon, however.

“I think teams are still positioning in respect to the remaining unrestricted free agents,” he said. “So it’ll play out over the next month. I expect it’ll pick up in the latter half of August as teams kind of gear up for the season.”

Regier also said the team would like to add some scoring talent for its affiliate in Rochester.

“We got quite a bit of depth there,” he said. “But I think if we can add some scoring, it’s probably the focal point.”

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