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Sabres re-sign Adam, Hackett

Jul 23, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have re-upped with a pair of restricted free agents, agreeing to terms with F Luke Adam and G Matt Hackett on Tuesday.

Adam, 23, appeared in just four games for the Sabres last season, a disappointment after a stellar 2011-12 campaign in which he posted a career-high 20 points (10G, 10A) in 52 games.

His new deal is a one-year contract worth $735,000, according to CapGeek. That’s down slightly from the $875,000 cap hit on his three-year entry-level deal, signed in 2010.

Hackett, also 23, has been tabbed as a potential goalie of the future after being acquired from Minnesota in last season’s Jason Pominville trade. He’s posted stellar numbers at the AHL level with both Houston and Rochester, and was rewarded with a one-year, $715,000 deal.

He’ll likely be back with the Amerks this season, unless one of Buffalo’s two NHL netminders — Jhonas Enroth or Ryan Miller — is moved.

Hackett had appeared in 13 games for the Wild from 2011-12, including one last season (0-1-0) and is 3-7-0 with a 2.64 GAA over the course of his NHL career.

  1. elemeno89 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Minor league move as Luke Adam is most likely on his way out. Won’t complain about the depth, but with Grigorenko, Girgensons, Hodgson (assuming he isn’t let go on a offer sheet), Ennis, and Ott we are overloaded with guys who can play center.

    I’m excited for Hackett, but I would rather lock him up for longer especially with Miller’s contract being up next season.

  2. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Eh- on Adam: I disagree with calling his 2011-2012 season “stellar”. I’d definitely say “promising” though. He came out like a bat out of hell, and then Lindy Ruff tried to do with him what Lindy Ruff liked to do with all of his forwards- try to coach them into becoming something they’re not- often setting them back more than losing their big toe would. I don’t remember exactly how many points Adam had after (let’s say) 10-12 games- but I’d bet the majority of those 20 points came during that stretch. After that, every game was a series of steps backwards for him- until he looked lost at the NHL level. He didn’t even look great in the AHL that season. He didn’t look “outstanding” in his brief time here last season- but he looked way more comfortable on the wing as a 7-9 forward. I’d rather see him stay there (on the wing), although considering the fact that the Sabres don’t have a “natural” center that isn’t terrible in their own end, I’m open to the possibility he might be able to play there at least as well as everybody else somewhere down the road. Or he becomes a poor man’s Drew Stafford. It’s up to him I guess.

  3. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Gee I wonder why Darcy would even bother worrying about two minor leaguers when he shows no real urgency in getting some significant value for the only two stars left who are UFAs next summer!
    Keep sitting on your hands doofus!

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