Ranking Sabres UFAs In Terms of Priority of Signing

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5. Carlo Colaiacovo- Colaiacovo has not played as much for the Sabres as he would have liked to due to injuries and solid play from other defensemen.  He has 0 goals and 4 assists in just 20 games played with a -6 rating.  The 33 year old defenseman can still be signed as he is not going to be very expensive to the Sabres for his depth defenseman role, but he simply has not played enough to be a top priority for Tim Murray to resign.

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4. David Legwand- An aging forward who has played a bottom six role for the Sabres this entire season.  He has been decent in his first season with the Sabres after being acquired from Ottawa in the Robin Lehner trade.  Legwand has not really gotten a chance to contribute a lot of points due to his limited time on ice (3 goals, 6 assists, 9:26 Average TOI).  He should be welcomed back to the team because he is a good veteran leader, but with a pay cut.  Legwand is making $3 million this season.  His age (35) however does not make him a top priority UFA for the team to resign.

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3. Mike Weber- Weber struggled mightily last season, but who on the Sabres didn't.  This year even while dealing with some injury problems.  This year, Weber has definitely turned it around.  He is by no means an offensive threat, but he has been really solid in the defensive zone.  He is currently a +4 and is a defenseman that is willing to play the gritty, not-so-flashy game in front of the net and protects our goalies.  He definitely deserves to remain a Sabre as long as he keeps playing the way he is.

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2. Chad Johnson- When Robin Lehner went down with an injury in game one of the season, the starting goaltender role was given to Johnson, who really surprised us all with his success.  Johnson's GAA is not great at 2.45, but his save percentage is solid at .917.  He makes a lot of flashy saves and has shown great athleticism.  He has earned the right to be retained by the Sabres as Lehner's backup for at least a couple more years.

1. Jamie McGinn- This is an absolute no-brainer in my opinion.  Out of all 5 of the Sabres UFAs, Jamie McGinn has overachieved the most.  He is 4th on the Sabres in points with 10 goals and 11 assists.  He has filled in as a top six forward very nicely on the team after moving from Colorado as the "other guy" in the Ryan O'Reilly deal.  McGinn has already proved that he is not just another guy and is actually a good NHL player that deserves at least a $4 million dollar contract based on all the situations he can play.  McGinn is simply a must-sign player.

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