BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 16, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $874,125.
After making his NHL debut with one assist in two games for the Sabres in 2016-17, Smith (5’11”, 181 lbs., 12/1/1994) completed his first full professional season in 2017-18 by tallying 44 points (17+27) in 57 AHL games with the Rochester Americans. His totals ranked third among Amerks skaters in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. Smith’s fast start in 2017-18 earned him a spot in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, where he recorded five points (3+2) to earn Most Valuable Player honors.
Prior to signing with the Sabres as a free agent in March 2017, Smith finished his three-year college career at UMass Lowell with 125 points (56+69) in 120 games. Among his collegiate accolades were Hockey East All-Tournament Team selections in each of his final two seasons and a Hockey East Tournament MVP nod in 2017 following an eight-point (4+4) output in five games as a member of the champion River Hawks.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $715,000.
Bailey (6’4”, 214 lbs., 7/1/1995) recorded a career-high three goals and added one assist in 12 NHL games during his third professional season in 2017-18. He also appeared in 37 AHL games for the Rochester Americans, where he finished with 15 points (10+5) and a plus-3 rating before adding two goals in three AHL playoff contests.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Bailey was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. During his three-year professional career, Bailey has recorded eight points (5+3) in 52 NHL games and 96 points (53+43) in 159 AHL games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forwards Daniel O’Regan and Nicholas Baptiste to one-year, two-way contracts with average annual values of $874,125 and $787,500, respectively, at the NHL level.
Acquired by Buffalo in February 2018, O’Regan (5’10”, 185 lbs., 1/30/1994) recorded four assists in a career-high 21 NHL games spent with the Sabres and San Jose Sharks in his second professional season in 2017-18. The Berlin, Germany native made his professional debut in 2016-17, leading the San Jose Barracudas and all AHL rookies with 58 points (23+35) in 63 games to earn the Red Garrett Award as the AHL rookie of the year.
San Jose’s fifth-round selection (138th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, O’Regan has totaled five points (1+4) in 24 NHL games and 98 points (36+62) in 112 career AHL games. Prior to beginning his professional career, O’Regan played four seasons at Boston University, totaling 154 points (66+88) in 154 games.
Baptiste (6’1”, 205 lbs., 8/4/1995) appeared in a career-high 33 NHL games with the Sabres during the 2017-18 season, posting six points (4+2) and 45 shots on goal. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Baptiste has recorded 10 points (7+3) in 47 career NHL games. He has added 87 points (45+42) in 159 games through three AHL seasons since being selected by the Sabres in the third round (69th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 12, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way contract worth $787,500 at the NHL level.
Malone (6’0”, 197 lbs., 4/30/1995) made his NHL debut in the last game of 2016-17 before completing his first full professional season in 2017-18. In 73 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season, he recorded 22 points (12+10) and added two assists in three playoff contests. The Buffalo, New York native’s 12 goals ranked second among Amerks rookies.
Drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Malone recorded 99 points (42+57) in 115 games for Harvard (ECAC) from 20123 to 2017 before turning pro. The forward ranked third on the team with 42 points (18+24) in 36 games during his senior campaign in 2016-17 and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team that season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 11, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has added Steve Smith to the club’s existing coaching staff in the role of assistant coach.
A nine-year NHL coaching veteran, Smith joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was responsible for the team’s defensemen and penalty kill. The Hurricanes allowed the second-fewest shots per game (28) of any NHL team during his tenure.
Prior to joining the Carolina coaching staff, the Glasgow, Scotland native served as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2010-11 to 2013-14 and for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98. His off-ice NHL experience is rounded out by two seasons as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
During his 16-season NHL playing career, Smith won three Stanley Cups (1987, 1988 and 1990) and appeared in one NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Oilers. In 804 total regular-season games as a defenseman with the Oilers, Blackhawks and Flames, Smith totaled 375 points (72+303). He added 52 points (11+41) in 134 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.