The Sabres will not get Cal Petersen

Botterill confirms the goalie is going to unrestricted free agency.

Paul Hamilton
June 23, 2017 - 11:58 am

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Chicago, IL (WGR 550) -- Cal Petersen is not going to sign with Buffalo and he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Sabres picked him in the 5th round of the 2013 draft and Jason Botterill said, “I’ve spoken to Cal, at this time I think he’s probably going to move to free agency and we’ll go from there.” Botterill added, “I don’t believe he’ll be signing with the Buffalo Sabres.”

“Coming into it because I didn’t pick him, there’s always that possibility and I enjoyed interacting with him. I think he’s a very professional young man and I certainly wish him all the best in his career, but we always knew that was a possibility and I’m disappointed, but we’ll move on.”

With college players using this loophole in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it seems like it may be getting more dangerous to draft college players. Botterill said, “I still believe a lot in the college model and having players develop there. I think it’s a great scenario, I think it’s very good from a standpoint of  the work ethic, the strength training and just the pace of play for skaters, so overall you still want to get the best player and you’ve got to work on developing that relationship through your development staff over time.”

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