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Buffalo signs defenseman Sulzer to one-year, $725,000 deal

May 21, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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The free agent defenseman market thinned out this morning when Jamie McBain re-upped with Carolina.

This afternoon, it thinned out some more.

That’s because the Buffalo Sabres locked up Alexander Sulzer to a one-year deal worth $725,000. Sulzer, 27, was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 — and despite his struggles to crack the NHL level during his first five years in North America, it’s likely he would’ve garnered interested on the open market.

Why? Well, after coming over from Vancouver in the Cody Hodgson-Zack Kassian trade at the deadline, Sulzer flourished on a Buffalo blueline decimated by injury. He had 3G-5A-8PTS in 15 games with a plus-2 rating, and the Sabres went 10-3-2 with him in the lineup.

What this means for Buffalo’s defense moving forward remains to be seen. As John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports, the Sabres now have eight defensemen under contract for next season: Tyler Myers, Robyn Regehr, Christian Ehrhoff, Jordan Leopold, Andrej Sekera, Mike Weber, Brayden McNabb and Sulzer.

  1. vshehane - May 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Good for Sultzer

  2. rabidbillsfan - May 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Ehrhoff and Sulzer was the best pair we had at the end of the season. I’d like to see Weber shipped, I like McNabb much better than him and even Leopold and Sekera. This team is pretty solid and won’t require huge additions through FA. The only thing I could see are trades. My wishlist includes… Derek Roy, and Derek Roy. I’m excited to see guys like Tropp, Adam, McNabb, and Foligno stick with the big club all season. Congrats Sulz.

  3. buffalomafia - May 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Wtf! Sign some real players!

    Fire coach & GM!

    • eyecorporations - May 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

  4. buffalomafia - May 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Another Buffalo mediocre signing!

    • taytay099 - May 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Nothing wrong with having a good number 6 D for 725k.

  5. nordak20 - May 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Well its more reasonable then Sekera’s contract which earns him $3.25 million this upcoming season.

  6. rabidbillsfan - May 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    @Nordak

    Bingo, and please don’t listen to my acquaintance, “Buffalomafia”, I’m sure he thinks if he were running the show, the Sabres would have won 2 World Series and a Lombardi Trophy by now…

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