The Buffalo Sabres have signed two unrestricted free agents, it was announced this morning. Centre/winger Nick Tarnasky has signed with team, as well as defenseman T.J. Brennan, who has re-signed after spending last season with Rochester of the AHL.Tarnasky, 27, was drafted in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He went 287th overall. (Also drafted that year? Current Sabres forward Thomas Vanek.)
Tarnasky spent parts of three seasons with the Lightning after being drafted. In 2008, he was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a conditional draft pick. He’d play just 11 games there before being traded, less than two months later, to the Florida Panthers.
After playing 65 games over two seasons with the Panthers, the centre spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. In 66 games, he had 7 goals and 13 assists – and 150 penalty minutes. He also played three games with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL that season.
Last year, Tarnasky played with Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL. In 36 games, he scored five goals and seven assists and had 173 penalty minutes. The tough guy will provide more physical presence on the Sabres’ lineup.
Brennan, 23, was drafted by the Sabres in 2007 (31st overall). He played junior hockey with the St. John’s Fog Devils and Montreal Junior Hockey Club of the QMJHL before joining the Portland Pirates in 2009.
This past season, he spent the majority of the year with the Rochester Americans. In 52 games, he had 16 goals, 14 assists and 39 penalty minutes.
He also saw his first NHL action this year, playing in eleven games and scoring his first NHL goal on November 23, 2011.