Agent: Sabres D Sekera files for arbitration

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera has filed for salary

arbitration, though the player’s agent believes a long-term deal

will be reached before a hearing takes place.

Allan Walsh told The Associated Press that his client filed for

arbitration before the Tuesday afternoon deadline to preserve his

rights as a restricted free agent. He adds negotiations will

continue with the intention of having a deal completed within a few

weeks.

Sekera’s hearing has not yet been set, but is expected to take

place by mid-August. Sekera made $1.25 million last year, and his

rights were retained by the Sabres last month when the team

tendered him a contract.

He has four-plus years of NHL experience, and had a career-best

29 points (three goals, 26 assists) in 76 games last season.