Sabres believed behind big offer to Shane Doane, Sergei Samsonov attempting an NHL return, and figuring out where Mark Fistric fits on the Dallas Stars blueline.

Sabres made expensive offer for Doan.

ESPN.COM’s John Buccigross reported via Twitter claiming “Was told tonight that Buffalo”s four year, 30 million dollar offer to Shane Doan is legit. Coyotes only want to go two years for now.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been rumored for weeks it was the Sabres which were the mysterious Eastern Conference team which made that crazy, huge contract offer to Doan. The Sabres currently have just over $61.542 million invested in 23 players, but also must re-sign RFA forward Tyler Ennis. If they succeeded in signing Doan to a $7.5 million per season contract, it wouldn’t leave much cap space to re-sign Ennis and leave enough space for other moves during the season. If the new CBA results in a lowering of the salary cap ceiling without a significant rollback of salaries, it could force the Sabres to dump salary.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika examines where defenseman Mark Fistric fits onto the Stars blueline this season, suggesting if Fistric were to be dealt, he might fetch a second and a third round pick.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Igor Larionov, the agent for former NHL winger Sergei Samsonov, said his client would get a tryout contract with the San Jose Sharks.

CSNNE.COM’s Joe Haggarty reported via Twitter: “Just heard from Sergei Samsonov’s agent Neil Abbott. Theres been no deal w/Sharks as of yet. Theyre speaking w/several teams about Samsonov”.