With the free agent market at a standstill, the attention has turned to teams with unsigned restricted free agents.
There are some big ones around the league, and the Sabres have a few of their own.
Cody Hodgson remains unsigned, and vulnerable to an offer sheet, along with Corey Tropp, Matt Hackett, Luke Adam and Brian Flynn.
Hodgson will be the most expensive by far, with Tropp and Adam likely signing two to three year contracts somewhere in the $1 million range, and Hackett signing for something around $650,000 annually.
Hodgson is easily going to make Tyler Ennis money–about $2.8 million per season–and could be in line to make more. Some comparable contracts for talented centers coming off of their entry level deals include Derick Brassard (four years, $12.8 million) and Joe Pavelski (four years, $16 million). But another two comparables to keep in mind, despite Hodgson not quite reaching their level of play just yet, are Jordan Eberle (six years, $36 million) and Tyler Seguin (six years, $34.5 million). (All salaries via CapGeek)
While Hodgson will likely not get much more than $4 million per year, it is possible he'll keep the length of his deal shorter in hope that he's due for the Eberle/Seguin payday next.