The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, bringing back another part of the Rochester Americans blueline for the upcoming season.
The Sabres gave Ruhwedel, a group two FA, a two-year contract.
Ruhwedel spent most of last season with the Amerks, appearing in 47 regular season games with the AHL club. He had four goals and 24 assists and racked up 22 penalty minutes in that stretch with Rochester.
I'm very excited and thankful to be a part of the @BuffaloSabres for another 2 years!
— Chad Ruhwedel (@chad5ruhwedel) July 16, 2014
He was also with the Amerks through their first-round campaign against the Chicago Wolves during the postseason. He had two goals and three assists for five points in five games before Rochester was eliminated from Calder Cup contention. Ruhwedel was second on the team in playoff scoring, behind only rookie right winger Joel Armia.
Ruhwedel spent much of last season paired with fellow defenseman Brayden McNabb prior to his trade to the Los Angeles Kings in March.
In addition to his time with the Amerks, Ruhwedel appeared in 21 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.
He had one assist – his first NHL point – in that stretch. He was a minus-3 and had two penalty minutes.
Ruhwedel also had seven games of NHL experience at the end of the 2012-2013 season.
The 24-year-old San Diego native is a right-shooting defenseman who will likely start off the year in Rochester again.
The Amerks blueline is a bit empty, with the Sabres’ decision not to sign Nick Crawford or Matt MacKenzie. Ruhwedel could see himself get called up to the NHL again if a spot opens up, but it seems likely he’ll spend at least part of the year in the AHL.
Prior to his signing with the Sabres in April 2013, Ruhwedel played three years of college hockey at UMass-Lowell. He also played with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.