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SABRES SIGN MACINNIS TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Ryan MacInnis to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Highlights:
  • Recorded AHL career highs in goals (7), assists (23) and points (30) in 45 games for the Cleveland Monsters during the 2019-20 season.
  • Played three seasons for the Kitchener Rangers from 2013-14 to 2015-16, totaling 180 points (79+101) in 192 career OHL games and serving as team captain during his last season with the team.
  • Captured a bronze medal and recorded three points (0+3) in seven games while representing the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES SIGN ASPLUND TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Rasmus Asplund to a two-year contract worth $825,000.

Highlights:
  •  Recorded NHL career highs in games played (28), goals (7), assists (4) and points (11) for the Sabres during the 2020-21 season.
  • Played four SHL seasons with Färjestad BK (2014-15 to 2017-18), totaling 62 points (20+42) in 170 games in Sweden’s top professional league before turning 21.
  • Served as the captain for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship and represented Sweden at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.

SABRES ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO COACHING, DEVELOPMENT STAFFS

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the following changes to the team’s coaching and development staffs:

Jason Christie, Matt Ellis and Marty Wilford have been hired as assistant coaches and Justin White has been hired as video coordinator. Assistant coach Mike Bales and video coach Myles Fee will both remain with the team this season.

Adam Mair has been hired as the director of player development and Dan Girardi will remain with the organization in a development role.

 

“In Marty and Jason, we’ve added two quality people and coaches to our organization. Their experience at multiple levels of pro hockey will be crucial as we implement our vision for this team. We are also excited to bring back Matt Ellis, Mike Bales and Myles Fee, and add Justin White to our group to continue building on the progress of last season. I’m confident in the passion and intensity they will all bring to the rink each day and their ability to get the best out our players and team.”

– Sabres Head Coach Don Granato

Career Highlights:

  •  Holds the ECHL all-time record for coaching wins (667) and has served as a head coach in the ECHL for 18 seasons for the Jacksonville IceMen (2017-2021), Tulsa Oilers (2015-2017), Ontario Reign (2011-2015), Utah Grizzlies (2005-2008) and Peoria Rivermen (2000-2005).
  • Won the Kelly Cup as the ECHL champion and was named Playoff MVP in 2000 during the final year of his playing career for the Don Granato-coached Rivermen.
  • Served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves (AHL) from 2008 to 2010.

Career Highlights:

  • Served as an interim assistant coach for the Sabres last season after being named the team’s director of player development in September 2020.
  • Played in 356 NHL games during his nine-year career for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings.
  • Spent four seasons working for the Academy of Hockey in LECOM Harborcenter, where he served as a development coach before being named director in September 2019.

Career Highlights:

  • Has spent the last three seasons (2018-19 to 2020-21) as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks after serving as an assistant coach for the San Diego Gulls (AHL) from 2015 to 2018.
  • Began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) during the 2011-12 season before serving in the same role for the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) from 2012 to 2015.
  • Had a 14-year pro playing career as a defenseman, including 275 points (47+228) in 539 games during seven AHL seasons.

Career Highlights:

  • Played 615 games during a 12-year NHL career as a forward for the Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs after being selected by Toronto in the fourth round (84th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft.
  • Served as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans (AHL) during the 2020-21 season.
  • Spent five seasons as a development coach for the Sabres from 2015 to 2020 after serving as the director of player development for Canisius College (AHA) from 2012 to 2014.

SABRES SIGN HAYDEN TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward John Hayden to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Highlights:
  • Has compiled 31 points (13+18) in 185 career NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes.
  • Tallied career highs in goals (4), assists (9) and points (13) in 47 games for the Blackhawks in 2017-18.
  • Won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship and later represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played four seasons for Yale University (ECAC) and led the Bulldogs with 21 goals in 33 games as a senior in 2016-17.

SABRES SIGN PROW TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Ethan Prow to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Highlights:
  •  Tallied 20 points (4+16) in 26 games with EHC München of Germany’s top pro league (DEL) in 2020-21.
  • Played four seasons at St. Cloud State University, tallying 99 points (19+80) in 149 games and captaining the Huskies to an NCHC championship in 2015-16.
  • Has appeared in 215 career AHL contests for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds, amassing 116 points (32+84). He was selected to the AHL All-Star Game in 2018-19, when he established career highs in goals (18), assists (32), and points (50) in 74 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.