Sabres part ways with RW Dumont

TORONTO (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres did not feel J.P. Dumont was worth $2.9 million.

The Sabres on Tuesday announced that they have exercised their walk-away option on Dumont, making the right wing an unrestricted free agent.

Dumont had been awarded a one-year, $2.9 million contract by an arbitrator last week, and with the Sabres’ payroll steadily approaching the $44 million salary cap, they decided to part ways with the 28-year-old.

The third overall pick of the New York Islanders in 1996, Dumont collected 20 goals and 20 assists in 54 regular-season games in 2005-06, his fifth campaign with the club and seventh in the league. He added seven tallies and seven assists in 18 playoff contests.

Dumont has registered 121 goals and 135 assists in 434 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Sabres.

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Updated Tuesday, Aug 8, 2006