Sabres Make Rare Dip on Day 1 of Free Agency

The early hours of free agency saw the Buffalo Sabres lose two defensemen to other teams.

Toni Lydman, despite a note from his agent this morning that said he would like to stay in Buffalo, was quick to sign a deal with the Anaheim Ducks for three years $3 million dollars.  A deal that is very comparable to what Lydman was making here.

The next guy to leave through the revolving doors of free agency was Henrik Tallinder, who signed a sick deal with the New Jersey Devils worth $13.5 million dollars over 4 years.  He should probably send Sabres rookie Tyler Myers a b0nus for helping regain a bit of his career.

While it’s normally the Buffalo Sabres standard operating procedures to let the dust settle from day one before signing someone, they have filled a whole on their defense already.

Jordan Leopold is the newest member of the Buffalo Sabres.  Leopold joins the Sabres after stints in Calgary, Colorado, Calgary, Florida, and Pittsburgh.  In 436 career games in the NHL – he has 40 goals, 95 assists, and 190 penalty minutes.  His career high in goals came this season, where he had 7 for the Florida Panthers, and 4 for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Leopold was drafted 44th overall in the 1999 entry draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

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