Feb 1, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the opening face-off of the Ottawa Senators game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Senators 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: The NHL & Environmentalism, Rochester Americans

Good morning, Sabres fans! There’s already some news for Sabres fans out there this morning, as a report from TSN says that Buffalo has signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year deal. Adding another piece to the puzzle, the Sabres roster is slowly falling into place as the season grows closer.

The Sabres aren’t the only team in the division making moves.

In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs made several moves yesterday that will affect the team both on and off the ice.

First, the Leafs named Kyle Dubas the NHL team’s new Assistant General Manager.

Dubas spent the last three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He’s a Soo native who formerly played hockey and used to attend Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. He was the youngest player certified by the NHLPA with Uptown Sports Management.

The Leafs also announced the departures of Dave Poulimn and Claude Loiselle. Poulin was VP of Hockey Operations, while Loiselle was Assistant GM.

Toronto also signed free agent David Booth to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Overseas, a former NHLer has signed on to coach a men’s hockey team in South Korea. Former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jim Paek signed a four-year-deal to coach South Korea’s men’s national hockey team. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Paek was the first player of Korean descent to the play in the NHL. He’s been an assistant coach with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins since 2005.

On a more local note, the Rochester Americans have advanced to final round of voting for Best Local Sports Team in a poll being done by News 10 NBC.

Voting closes Thursday at 10 a.m.

Lastly, the NHL released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which highlights numerous programs and accomplishments that the league has put forth in terms of conservation and environmentalism.

This is the first document of its kind to be released by a major sports league in North America. Among other things on the report, one of the highlights is NHL Green, an initiative that was established in 2010 and is designed to promote environmentally-friendly business practices across the league.

This was pretty interesting to me – I’m not sure I even knew of the initiative before today. It’s great to see the NHL step up in regards to environmentalism and to lead the charge among North American major sports leagues is huge.

You can find out more about NHL Green here.

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