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Sabres’ Hackett accepts qualifying offer — one year, $750,750

Jul 5, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Matt Hackett will continue to try and prove himself to be the Buffalo Sabres’ goalie of the future.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Hackett has accepted his qualifying offer and has re-signed with the Sabres for one year at $750,750 according to CapGeek.

Hackett, 24, had a brief run with the Sabres at the end of last season after injuries to Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth forced the team to dig into the minors for goaltending.

Hackett went 1-6-1 with a .908 save percentage and a 3.10 goals-against average before going down with a gruesome knee injury against the Boston Bruins on April 12. As Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald shares, the Sabres haven’t discussed what his status is for the upcoming season after undergoing surgery in April.

If he’s healthy to start camp, he’ll try to prove he’s ready for the NHL, but chances are he’ll start the season with Rochester.

  1. rycoem - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Sign him for one year right after a gruesome knee injury? The knee must not be that bad I guess, otherwise what’s the point in signing him for one year if he is out injured for a good portion of it?

    • pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      All players and goalies suffer injuries through out their careers. This is a low risk maneuver…. Think Toronto is gonna cut bernier loose because he got injured? Look at Quick. Hes been injured 3 times in the last 3 seasons. It is all about how they rebound and work on getting healthy again.

  2. pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    He played well I thought, given it was for the sabres

  3. flyerguy73 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    1-6-1, not bad! Great signing. Keep it up. Still gonna be bottom of the barrell! Gotta love it.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Beware the coyote.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      C’mon man, comments like this do nothing but imply that you don’t understand the game. First off, he was playing on what was the equivalent to the Rochester Americans going up against far better NHL teams. Second, win-loss records and GAA are not always accurate measuring sticks for a goalie’s skill or potential. In fact, most of the time they are misleading.

      I’m not saying Matt Hackett will be a star or even a starter in this league, but for the 24-yr old to put up a .908sv% behind that team isn’t half bad. I mean their starter, Jhonas Enroth had a 4-17-5 record… that’s terrible. But he still had a respectable .911sv%. The Sabres are stockpiling assets, they won’t be at the bottom forever.

      • billsin20xx - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Thanks Philly, some people understand.

      • timmyp716 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        I choose to no longer feed the troll known as bullwinkle88, hoping for he will go back under the bridge from where he strolls….

    • pj608 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      Ryan Miller didn’t have a great record there either and hes a veteran. Hes a kid…. He made some really big saves. If he were on a half decent team with some defense that record could of easily been 6-1-1….. Surprised a guy like you isnt ragging on steve mason for not doing enough for them S***y flyers.

  4. flyerguy73 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    @philly fanatic: I watched him play, and just like miller, he is not that good. Another thing where his numbers are way better than he will ever be. Stop trying to “think” that you know everything about the Flyers, and hockey in general.

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