Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tyler Bouck

The Sabres have signed Tyler Bouck to a contract. Last season Bouck was the captain for the Portland Pirates and will probably reassume that role this year. Last season he scored 29 points in 79 games for Portland.

Individually this signing is not a big deal, but coupled with the signings of Colton Fretter, Colin Murphy and Mathieu Darche it is. Portland is set to have a really good year, as the Sabres have signed a number of experienced top AHL guys for this season. With the exception of Darche, not a single one of these recently signed players really has much of a chance of playing in the NHL this season. Gerbe, MacArthur, and Kaleta will all get called up before these players do.

One of the issues of contention with Rochester had been Buffalo's lack of willingness to sign players like this for their AHL team. Now that they are doing so, appears to be more of an issue with how management in Rochester was working then a philosophy against having AHL veterans.

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