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Paetsch, Roy accept qualifying offers from Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres slowly but
surely are getting their house in order.

After beginning the offseason with a total of 22 restricted free
agents, the Sabres reduced the number to 16 on Friday, when
they announced center Derek Roy and defenseman Nathan Paetsch
accepted their one-year qualifying offers.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Roy made $782,000 with
Buffalo last season, while Paetsch spent the majority of the
campaign with Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Roy and Paetsch join goaltender Martin Biron, defenseman Brian Campbell and enforcer Andrew Peters as players the Sabres have
gotten under contract since they became free agents on July 1.
Left wing Taylor Pyatt, also a restricted free agent, was traded
to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

A second-round pick in 2001, Roy appeared in 70 games with
Buffalo in 2005-06, registering 18 goals and 28 assists. The
23-year-old added five tallies and 15 points in 18 postseason
contests.

Paetsch, 23, made his NHL debut this past campaign, notching an
assist in his only game of action during the regular season.
The Saskatchewan native, who recorded 11 goals and 50 points in
72 contests with Rochester, also played in Game Seven of the
Eastern Conference finals against the eventual Stanley Cup
champion Carolina Hurricanes due to injuries on Buffalo's blue
line.

The Sabres on Friday also agreed to terms with defenseman Andrej Sekera on a three-year contract.

Sekera, 20, has spent the past two seasons with Owen Sound of
the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 21 goals and 55 points in 51
games in 2005-06. A native of the Czech Republic, Sekera was a
third-round pick in the 2004 draft.