Mar 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Zac Dalpe (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres sign forward Zac Dalpe

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free agent forward Zac Dalpe to a one year contract, per the team’s website. The contract is a two way deal so Dalpe can expect to spend a bulk of his time in Rochester. For a team that appears primed to struggle once more after their league-worst campaign last year, Buffalo could offer Dalpe a fair shot at the pros though.

Zac Dalpe is a former second round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes.

He was selected in 2008 with the 45th overall pick and has floated mostly through minor leagues in his career. In his AHL time, Dalpe has “tallied 142 points in 186 regular-season AHL games, and added 19 points (9+10) in 29 postseason contests” per the team’s news release.

With so many young prospects lining up in Rochester, the Sabres will need more AHL veterans to lead the way.

However, if Buffalo wants Dalpe to play in the NHL, he very would could do that too. Dalpe played a career-high 55 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, turning some heads in the process. He only tallied seven points in that stretch, but it’s enough for Buffalo, which mainly needs warm bodies to occupy the ice in case of injury while the team bides its time for the 2015 draft.

Once again, a minor signing is a strong move for a Buffalo Sabres team with its eyes firmly set on the future.

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