Mar 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Zac Dalpe (21) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Canucks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Zac Dalpe Signs With Buffalo Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres announced today they have agreed to terms on a one year contract with forward Zac Dalpe.

Zac Dalpe joins the Buffalo Sabres after one  season with the Vancouver Canucks.  Dalpe is a second round draft pick, selected 45th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 draft.

In 96 total NHL games, Dalpe has nine goals and eight assists.  Four of those goals and three of the assists came in the 2013-2014 campaign with the Vancouver Canucks, when Dalpe appeared in 55 games for the Canucks.

Dalpe has also appeared in the American Hockey Leauge often, playing with the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, and Utica Comets.

While originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, he was traded with Jeremy Weish to the Vancouver Canucks for Kellan Tochkin and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Tim Murray continues to look at depth players to join the organization; not only to shore up the depth of the Buffalo Sabres as he tries to rebuild the culture surrounding the Sabres – but to also add quality players to the organizations farm team.

The Rochester Americans have made the playoffs the last three seasons, but have failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs.  Prior to this year they were swept in the first round by the Toronto Marlies.

Just a far cry from the past season where the Buffalo Sabres were lacking in depth at the center position, signing Zac Dalpe gives the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans another center to continue to grow the position.

I would expect the Buffalo Sabres to continue to find guys like Zac Dalpe this off season, who are willing to sign short contracts and almost “try-out” to be included in the future plans of the Buffalo Sabres.

Welcome to the Buffalo Sabres Zac Dalpe.

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