August 3, 2006
Buffalo Sabres forward JP Dumont was awarded a one-year contract worth $2.9 million by an arbitrator on Wednesday afternoon. RELATED LINK Buffalo Sabres Arbitration Schedule and Results
Buffalo has until 48 hours after their last hearing - Adam Mair on Friday, August 4th - to accept or decline any arbitration ruling.
If the team declines, Dumont will become an unrestricted free agent.
The 28-year-old right wing recorded 40 points (20+20) in 54 games for the Sabres during the 2005-06 season. With a 17.2 shooting percentage, Dumont trailed only Chris Drury (17.4) for the team lead.
The Montreal, Quebec native amassed 14 points (7+7) in 18 games during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His game-winning goal in overtime of Game Three against the Ottawa Senators in the second round gave Buffalo a resounding 3-0 series lead.
Buffalo acquired the Dumont along with Doug Gilmour from Chicago in exchange for Michal Grosek on March 10, 2000.