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Sabres sign Sekera, Ellis to multi-year deals

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 2:29 PM / NHL Free Agency 2011

NHL.com

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with restricted free agents Andrej Sekera and Matt Ellis on multi-year contracts. Terms of the deals were not released.

Sekera, 25, is coming off his best NHL season, when he scored 29 points and was a plus-11 in 76 games. However, the defenseman was limited to just two games in the postseason against the Philadelphia Flyers, however, due to an upper-body injury he sustained late in the regular season.

The signing avoids an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 25.

A 2004 third-round draft pick of the Sabres, Sekera has 67 points in 233 NHL games since debuting with the team during the 2006-07 season.

Ellis, 29, was scoreless with a minus-4 rating in 14 games last season. The 6-foot, 212-pound left wing had 10 goals and 31 points in 52 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

In 201 NHL games with the Red Wings, Kings and Sabres, Ellis has 13 goals and 33 points.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild