The news, which broke around noon, brought some speculation along with it.
Hackett was chosen in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at 77th overall and spent the past few seasons with the Wild’s AHL team, the Houston Aeros who are now moved to Des Moines, Iowa. He was acquired from the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline this past season along with LW Johan Larsson and two draft picks (First rounder in 2013/Second rounder in 2014) for Jason Pominville. He reported to the Sabres affiliate the Rochester Americans immediately after the trade and did not play a game for the Sabres.
While with the Aeros and the Amerks, Hackett went 22-20-3 with a 2.59 GAA, while only going 3-7 and a 2.64 GAA in his NHL career. He played in 13 games at the NHL level, but started only 8 of them.
Next off the FA list is Luke Adam.
The 23-year old center played only 4 games with the Blue and Gold in the lockout-shortened season, registering only 1 goal in that time.
Adam has always been a good fit for us, but with Cody Hodgson still on the market, is Adam really the best choice?
Hopefully with the time taken to negotiate and sign the two, even though I am not too sure how long it actually took, I hope the Sabres don’t take too much attention away from the guy who could be our top center this upcoming season.
Full details of the contracts have yet to be released.
To add a bit of analyzing the Hackett signing:
The signing of another goalie can only spark wild rumors and questions about the goal-tending situation that has been filling headlines since the end of the season.
With Ryan Miller still untouched by the Sabres and the whole league, the signing of another netminder pushes the envelope on what the two goalies in Buffalo will be come the preseason.
Just a reminder for those who forgot or didn’t know, David Leggio is no longer with the Sabres organization, he took the bus out of town and landed in the laps of the Washington Capitals/Hershey Bears organization.
So why wouldn’t the Sabres sign a guy like Hackett, a proven hard-worker, to head the Amerks in the right direction, sure if Miller leaves or either goalies get injured, having Hackett is the best chance we have.