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Sabres officially ink Jochen Hecht; one-year, $1 million

Jan 13, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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We told you recently about the Buffalo Sabres’ interest in bringing back veteran forward Jochen Hecht and today the team made it official.

The team announced they signed the German-born centerman to a one-year deal. TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the deal is worth $1 million with bonuses that could add another $250,000.

Hecht has dealt with injury problems last season and was limited to just 22 games. At 35 years-old he provides plenty of experience and familiarity with coach Lindy Ruff’s system as this will mark his 10th season with the team.

In the past he’s been a dependable two-way player for Buffalo, but the goals don’t come quite so often these days. He’s more than likely to continue in his role as a third or fourth line player.

  1. zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Every other team in the league can manage to sign their depth players for 650k. Regier always over pays.

    I’m just glad it’s only one year.

    I doubt his point total this year will even reach double digits.

  2. elemeno89 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    tenth time is the charm I guess…

  3. buff80 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Why??? There has to be a better option out there…I am available.

  4. deltachi8 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    9th place or bust! The Lindy motto

  5. bagjr387 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I’ll catch crap for this…

    $1 mil is not a lot for a solid two way forward that is a great penalty killer, reliable in all situations, and a team leader.

    I am glad they did this, keep Kaleta in the minors

    • zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Reliable in all situations? He’s sloppy in the offensive zone, has no vision, always keeps his head down. The guy couldn’t make a tape to tape pass if his life depended on it. He hasn’t been used on the PP in ages.

      Kaleta on the other hand has the unique ability to get under the opponents skin. Nobody can draw penalties like him. He draws WAY more penalties than he takes. And the penalties he does take, are almost always mutual penalties – where the other guy goes to the box too, or fighting majors.

      Silly remark.

    • zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Also forgot to mention that he has cement legs. He shows no effort at all to skate at anything but a snail’s pace.

      • bagjr387 - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Hecht with Ott at center, and maybe Leino will be a solid line to shut down the Oppositions #1 scoring line. I do think Kaleta is an OK player, just no room for him. Definitly no room If Grigo makes the roster

        since your talking about cement legs, I’ll take Hecht over Matt Ellis

      • zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Hecht doesn’t belong on the 3rd line. On any team. though I agree, I’d prefer him over Ellis.

        It should be:

        Ennis Foligno Stafford
        Hodgson/Grigorenko Pominville Vanek
        Hodgson/Grigorenko Leino Gerbe
        Ott Hecht Kaleta

  6. zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Lot of downvotes for truth.

    Guess you guys are content with mediocrity. I bet you guys would also be thrilled to have Mike Grier and Rob Neidermeyer back too.

  7. deltachi8 - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Buffalo fans love them gritty guys just as much as they love aspiring to an 8th place finish and saying wait until next year.

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