I doubt that bringing Mark Mancari back to Buffalo was high on your Sabres off-season to do list. Today the Sabres did just that according to their official Twitter. This comes with today’s earlier signing of Rochester Americans goaltender David Leggio. Both contracts are one year deals.
Mancari, originally drafted by the Sabres in 2004, played in parts of four seasons in Buffalo but spent a majority of his time in Rochester and Portland. He scored three goals and ten assists in 36 games with the Sabres. The high point of his time with the Sabres was 2011-2012 when he spent 20 games with the big club and seemed to finally establish himself as an NHL forward. He signed in Vancouver as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, but got very little playing time in the NHL. He played only six games, scoring no points.
In the AHL Mancari scored 3o goals and 28 assists for the Chicago Wolves. From an AHL perspective this is a great signing for Rochester who now have an established group of forwards with the additions of Mancari and Porter. With Rochester most likely losing players like Foligno, Adam and Tropp this season that’s a nice replacement.
Once thought of as one of the best prospects the Sabres had in the minors, Mancari is now more of a career AHLer in the eyes of most GMs. If he does spend time in Buffalo this season it will most likely be as a call-up, especially due to the Sabres depth when it comes to young forwards. If you’re excited about this move you’re most likely an Americans fan, as he should be a goal scoring machine down there. As for Buffalo? Well that’s a very different story.