The Buffalo Sabres avoided losing defensemen Alexander Sulzer to free agency by re-signing him to a one-year-contract on Monday. Sulzer would have been an unrestricted free agent July 1st if Buffalo didn’t come to an agreement with the defenseman.
Sulzer came to the Sabres last year near the trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Cody Hodgson to the Sabres’. Former Sabres forward Zach Kassian was sent to Vancouver in the deal as well. In 15 games with the Sabres last season, Sulzer registered three goals and five assists.
Sabres General Manager, Darcy Regier spoke to the media following the signing of Sulzer. “I think the other things that you really notice is his composure out there, his ability to make not only breakup plays which is the most important thing defensively, but to make plays offensively and the patience that he showed. We were pleasantly surprised with his play and that really moved us towards trying to get him signed.”
Sulzer was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2003 NHL entry draft. He has played in 89 NHL games compiling 16 points including four goals while spending time with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres.
The only defenseman left unsigned for the 2012-2013 season on the Sabres’ roster is T.J. Brennan. Brennan is set to become a restricted free agent and will likely be back with Buffalo next season.
Below is a goal scored by Alexander Sulzer as part of the Milwakee Admirals of the American Hockey League.