Sabres agree to multi-year deals with RW Pominville, D Lydman

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - Dealing with arbitration alone has been a full-time job for Darcy Regier.

The general manager of the Buffalo Sabres negated two of his seven remaining arbitration cases by reaching agreements with right wing Jason Pominville and defenseman Toni Lydman on a multi-year contracts Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed for either deal.

Pominville was scheduled to meet with an arbitrator Friday in Toronto, while Lydman’s hearing was slated for Thursday.

But the Sabres have yet to reach an agreement with right wings Maxim Afinogenov and J.P. Dumont and centers Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad and Adam Mair, who are scheduled for arbitration hearings through August 4.

The Sabres took a hit last Sunday, when an arbitrator awarded co-captain Daniel Briere a one-year, $5 million contract.

Buffalo later in the day agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with arbitration-eligible right wing Ales Kotalik. Defensemen Brian Campbell and Henrik Tallinder and left wing Andrew Peters all reached contract agreements with the team shortly after filing for arbitration.

At least Regier was able to come to terms with Pominville and Lydman. The 23-year-old Pominville had 18 goals and 12 assists in 57 games as a rookie last season.

Pominville added five goals and five assists in 18 postseason games and became the first player in NHL history to clinch a playoff series with a shorthanded overtime goal, accomplishing the feat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Ottawa. He also recorded a hat trick in Game Two of the conference quarterfinals against Philadelphia.

Buffalo’s fourth pick in the 2001 draft, Pominville scored 19 goals in 18 games with Rochester of the American Hockey League last season before being recalled by the Sabres.

Lydman, who was acquired in a trade with Calgary last August, collected one goal and 16 assists in 75 games last season. The 202-pound Finnish blue-liner played in all of Buffalo’s 18 postseason contests, scoring one tally and five points.

A member of Finland’s silver medal-winning club at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Lydman has 20 goals and 90 assists in 364 career games with the Flames and the Sabres.

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Updated Thursday, Jul 27, 2006