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    Thornton, Elias get qualifying offers Sports Ticker 7/31/2005 7:06:45 PM Star forwards Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov, Patrik Elias and Jason Arnott were among
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      Thornton, Elias get qualifying offers

      Sports Ticker
      7/31/2005 7:06:45 PM

      Star forwards Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov, Patrik Elias and Jason
      Arnott were among restricted NHL free agents tendered qualifying
      offers on Sunday, while Miroslav Satan was not made an offer.

      NHL teams have until noon EDT Monday to tender offers to players who
      had 2004-05 contracts, and are under age 31, in order to retain
      rights to match offers made by other teams. It also allows teams
      compensation in draft picks should their restricted free agents sign

      Those who aren't qualified become unrestricted free agents, with the
      signing period beginning Monday once the noon deadline passes. The
      deadline was extended from an earlier set time of 5 p.m. Sunday.

      In addition to Thornton and Samsonov, the Bruins tendered qualifying
      offers to P. J. Axelsson, Brad Boyes, Nick Boynton, Kevin Dallman,
      Hal Gill, Jonathan Girard, Andy Hilbert, Ivan Huml, Colton Orr,
      Martin Samuelsson and Sergei Zinovjev.

      Andrew Raycroft and Zdenek Kutlak were already restricted free agents
      who were tendered offers after the 2003-04 season.

      Not given offers by the Bruins were Peter Hamerlik, Robert Liscak, P.
      J. Stock and Kris Vernarsky.

      In addition to Elias, the Devils extended qualifying offers to
      forwards Jeff Friesen, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Jamie
      Langenbrunner, Viktor Kozlov, and defencemen Paul Martin, David Hale,
      Colin White, and Sean Brown.

      Centre Jan Hrdina was the only eligible player not to receive a
      qualifying offer from the Devils, allowing him to pursue the
      unrestricted free agent market on Monday.

      Joining Arnott in receiving qualifying offers from the Stars were
      forwards Niko Kapanen, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott, Junior Lessard and
      Antti Miettinen; defencemen John Erskine and Dan Jancevski; and
      goalies Dan Ellis and Mike Smith.

      In Buffalo, the Sabres declined to qualify Satan's $4-million US
      contract for next season. Satan led the Sabres in scoring six times
      and was a three-time 30-goal scorer with the club.

      Offers were given to restricted free agents Maxim Afinogenov, Martin
      Biron, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Tim Connelly, J.P. Dumont, Mike
      Grier, Jochen Hecht, Jeff Jillson, Ales Kotalik, Jay McKee, Taylor
      Pyatt and Henrik Tallinder.

      Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators announced they've come to terms on
      new contracts with defenceman Jamie Allison and goalie Brian Finley.


      Sabres let Satan become free agent

      Associated Press
      7/31/2005 6:59:09 PM

      (AP) - Miroslav Satan became an unrestricted free agent Sunday after
      the Buffalo Sabres declined to make a qualifying offer to the team's
      six-time scoring leader.

      By not qualifying Satan's $4-million US contract for next season,
      general manager Darcy Regier said the Sabres can now use that money
      to address other needs, particularly on defence.

      Regier also noted that the team has depth at forward, including some
      up-and-coming prospects that could be ready to play in the NHL this
      season. That made it easier to part ways with Satan.

      The NHL's free agency period opens Monday.

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      The Sabres also declined to make a qualifying offer to tough-guy
      forward Eric Boulton, a four-year veteran.

      Satan, who represents himself in negotiations, was not available for

      The nine-year NHL veteran was acquired by the Sabres from Edmonton
      late in the 1996-97 season.

      In 2003-04, Satan led Buffalo with 29 goals and finished second with
      57 points - the only season he didn't lead the Sabres in that

      A three-time 30-goal scorer, Satan had 224 goals and 232 assists for
      456 points during his tenure in Buffalo. His ranks seventh on the
      team's career goals list and 10th in points.
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