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Sabres re-sign Tropp to one-year deal

Aug 6, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Corey Tropp on a one-year deal.

Tropp, 24, made his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season, appearing in 34 games with the Sabres while collecting eight points.

A former Michigan State standout, Tropp was taken in the third round (89th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and split time between Buffalo’s AHL affiliates in Portland and Rochester prior to making the leap to the NHL.

It was with Rochester that Tropp suffered a season-ending knee injury during the club’s season-opening game in October.

Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas hammered him into the boards late in the third period, at which point Tropp tried to put weight on his leg, but was unable to skate.

Tropp suffered ACL and MCL damage on the play, and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.

The 6-foot, 185-pound winger was expected to be a third- or fourth-liner with the Sabres last season after impressing the club with his mix of skill and toughness during the ’11-’12 campaign, most notably in this scrap with Philly’s Zac Rinaldo:

  1. redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Pundits and experts are predicting a last place finish for the Sabres this year but guys like Tropp, Luke Adam, Zim Girgensons, Pat Rismiller and Brayden McNabb could be some significant plug-ins since Darcy has done nothing to address the lack of offensive output from last year’s squad.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I have to agree. Though the finish might not be spectacular, Darcy has the right idea with the rebuild. Start with the prospects and figure out who fits. Signing these guys to a one year deal is perfect because if it doesn’t work then we can walk away without having a behemoth contract on the books.

      Then once we have a good core, filled with talent built from within, then you bring in skilled free agents to put on the finishing touches.

      The Sabres are in a rebuild. The process will take some time, and it won’t be anytime soon until they are a contender again. But I do think we are on the right track.

  2. aaronrexroot - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I am glad I live in Rochester. I do think that the Sabres can successfully rebuild, and while it may take a few years I can reap the benefits of seeing the new core form in Rochester more often than I can make the trip out to see the Sabres play.

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