|(6/18/17) Carrier was not protected by the Sabres and they will risk losing him to the expansion draft.|
The Sabres had key decisions to make and opted not to protect the spark-plug forward, who took advantage of what limited opportunities he had and managed to appear in 41 games for the Sabres, registering eight points and 112 hits. Carrier has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, making him a cheap and effective option for a fourth-line role, but the Sabres chose to protect the oft-injured Tyler Ennis instead. While bottom-six grinders like Carrier aren't hard to find, it was believed that the Sabres would choose to protect their younger players instead as they continue building their team. However, with veterans Josh Gorges, Zach Bogosian and Matt Moulson also left unprotected, it certainly lessens the chances of Vegas taking Carrier.