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Sabres sign Dalpe to one-year contract

Jul 13, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres signed Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract on Sunday. It’s not yet clear a) how much money is involved or b) if it’s a one-way or two-way deal.

The one or two-way detail could be important because the general feeling is that Dalpe isn’t exactly a shoo-in for a roster spot. The Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe believes that the 24-year-old will fight for a fourth-line forward spot and PHT’s Joe Yerdon describes the competitive situation for depth gigs:

Dalpe managed to play 55 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but only collected four goals and seven points. Overall, he has 17 points in 95 career NHL games, most of which came with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina selected him 45th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, so there’s at least some pedigree there.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    This is a Rochester signing. While he will certainly be given a chance to make the team, it is almost a given that he will be in Rochester. I think he was signed to add competition for the prospects to make the roster.

  2. Wineshard - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I liked Jeremy Welsh better anyway.

  3. djshnooks - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Yeah, this is a Alex Hutchings or Freddie Roy move…a relatively young kid who they see something in and wanna give a shot.

    They have the space and the money, might as well take chances like this…it’s exactly what Murray said he wanted, “guys a couple years into their development who haven’t quite caught on with a team yet…but have a chance to contribute at the NHL level, if they work hard enough.”

    Only problem is, their 3rd and 4th lines are probably just about set…gotta figure going into the season the lineup looks like this:

    Keep 3 things in mind…

    1. They want Ennis/Stafford/Foligno together again to build the chemistry more.

    2. They want Hodgson as Girgensons wing again, and Stewart played well with them.

    3. IF Reinhart stays up, and I think he does…they signed Gionta for him.

    So…it could look similar to this:

    Moulson – Reinhart – Gionta
    Foligno – Ennis – Stafford
    Hodgson – Girgensons – Stewart
    Deslauriers – McCormick – Flynn
    Torrie Mitchell, Matt Ellis = extra forwards

    Josh Gorges – Tyler Myers
    Andrej Meszaros – Mark Pysyk
    Jake McCabe – Rasmus Ristolainen
    Mike Weber = extra defenseman

    Jhonas Enroth & Michal Neuvirth (I expect 1 to be traded to open a spot for Hackett.)

    It’ll be a combination of that. Now, I don’t know if they let Reinhart play on the 1st line right away, but idk where else he fits.

    McCabe, Ristolainen and Pysyk could all start in Rochester…but who starts instead?

    Deslauriers, McCormick, Flynn, Ellis and Mitchell could all go to Rochester too, but again…who’s NHL-ready to take their spot?

    Johan Larsson is about ready for his chance, as is Luke Adam and others.

    They have too many bottom-six forwards, and not enough top-six forwards…so I kind of expect some kind of trade this summer.

    Tyler Myers is the big piece here…Detroit and Winnipeg are interested…but it will end up costing them quite a bit, and Buffalo is not trading a 2015 1st round pick at all…so it’ll take something else for Evander Kane from Winnipeg…but Nyquist, Tatar and Jurco are all interesting from Detroit, if that is what they are really putting on the table.

    It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • anthj99 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      I like most of what you’re thinking, except for the Reinhart piece. I think he’s gonna play the first 9 games and then be sent back to Junior. There’s no need to rush him and playing him on the 4th line with chumps sets him back, if anything, and playing him on the first line as an 18 yr old on a terrible team against the competition’s best players could really destroy his confidence and severely hinder his development as well. That would also save a year of his ELC when we’re still at the bottom of the rebuild. I can think of a number of reasons to send him back and see very little to gain, for him or the team, in keeping him up. He should really be in Roch, but that stupid CHL agreement is limiting his options.

    • elemeno89 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Buffalo seems to hold a lot of power based on this interpretation. And that’s pretty exciting!

      • dueman - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Hold a lot of what power?

  4. chunkyschoice - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    So he played 55 games with Vancouver, and 95 games in his career, but “most” of his games have been with carolina? Huh??

    • thomasvanek - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM


    • raleighcaniac - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      When he was in Carolina he was given his opportunities but he never did anything with them. Looks he did more of the same in Van and they just let him walk. He’s an ahl’r and could be brought up on emerg basis to fill a hole.. That’s the best the sabres will get from him.

    • storminator16 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      I still think Dalpe can be a top 6 player in the NHL. He just needs to mature and realize his own potential.

  5. usmc2084 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Where do we put Patty Kaletta

  6. rabidbillsfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I don’t think Cody slides to wing, he will probably start the season centering Gionta and Moulson. That doesn’t mean it’s the Top-Line, as the Ennis/Stafford pairing can be as dynamic as they come when clicking. I guess by me saying he centers those two is essentially me saying Cody will see more minutes than a guy slid in next to Girgensons and Stewart. Other than that, I did like your line combos. Can’t forget about Grigerenko, now can we… or can we do that?

  7. djshnooks - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Grigorenko is spending the year in Roc.

    Reinhart has nothing to prove in juniors, and with an owner like Pegula, the first year of an ELC means nothing.

    They’ve said numerous times, “We really like Cody on the wing.” Plus, Ennis, Reinhart, Girgensons are the top-3 centers of the future…I think Cody’s traded.

    This isn’t stuff I pulled from nowhere.

    Kaleta, Stewart and Stafford are all gone by the end of this season I’d bet…none of them are a part of the long term future.

  8. rabidbillsfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Given how Grigerenko was handled, I highly doubt Reinhardt stays. You are just begging for criticism, and it has nothing to do with how deep Terry’s pockets are. Not to bash, but it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out who on this roster is going to be moved. And my point about Hodgson staying at center is directly linked to my first point, and it would also inflate his trade value in the off-chance he gets moved. While stafford and stewie may have the highest trade value, I doubt Stafford gets moved simply due to the fact that him and Ennis have incredible chemistry, and management is extremely high on him. It’s only July, so this is all speculation, but those are just a few thoughts.

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