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Sabres re-sign Sulzer to one-year deal

Jul 6, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

Josh Bailey, Alexander Sulzer AP

The Sabres defense is going to stay a bit crowded next season.

The team announced the re-signing of defenseman Alexander Sulzer to a one-year deal. Specifics were not immediately available.

Sulzer emerged a bit last season when teamed up with fellow German Christian Ehrhoff and put up three goals and one assist in 17 games. Now he joins a crowded house of mostly inexperienced (at the NHL level at least) blue liners.

With Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, and newly acquired Jamie McBain, four spots on the Sabres’ defense seem set leaving Sulzer, Mark Pysyk, and Chad Ruhwedel to battle out for the other two spots. Minor leaguer Drew Bagnall (who also signed a multi-year, two-way deal today) factors lightly into the mix as well.

Of course, the picture could become more muddled if they sign someone else.

  1. buff80 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Finally Darcy has made a big splash. Another pitiful offseason by this incompetent fool. Wake up pegula!

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      You are the kind of person who would damn Darcy no matter what he does or doesn’t do so your comment is as vacuous as is your mind.

  2. ecnc30 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This team is a certainty for last place in the northeast and of course there is always the bottom of the conference to shoot for

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      That is, quite frankly, the goal for this season, I would like the best chance possible for landing McDavid, which should be even more likely after moving Vanek and Miller. I’d prefer giving our younger Dmen a chance to step in, but another year on a solid AHL team, instead of playing on a god awful NHL team, might be better for them.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        McDavid won’t be available until 2015. Of course by then both Vanek and Miller’s contracts will be up. Next year’s draft is nothing special.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        My bad, I definitely thought that McDavid would be entering this upcoming draft. Very unfortunate that we have a good shot at the top pick in a year without a superstar.

  3. timmyp716 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Free Agency is for those pieces to put the final touch on a team……..NOT FOR REBUILDING. Get over it Buffalo fans…I am

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You are absolutely right. First sensible comment I’ve seen here.

  4. moose2k - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    You are right timmyp716, it is a rebuilding process. If they are serious about it Drew Stafford would be getting a buyout.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Stafford still has some trade value, otherwise like Gerbe, he would no longer be here.

  5. beermeone - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM


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