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Sabres agree to two-year deal with Matt Ellis

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 9:01 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Sabres agree to two-year deal with Matt Ellis
The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday agreed to terms with forward Matt Ellis on a two-year, two-way contract.

The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday agreed to terms with forward Matt Ellis on a two-year, two-way contract. No financial terms were disclosed, but CapGeek.com reports he will make $550,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the American Hockey League.

Ellis, who turns 32 on Aug. 31, has played 11 seasons in pro hockey, including parts of eight in the NHL. He was claimed off waivers by the Sabres in October 2008. In 267 NHL games, Ellis has 16 goals and 41 points with 81 penalty minutes.

The native of Welland, Ontario, had no points in six games with the Sabres in 2012-13 before being sent to the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, where he was captain. He had seven goals and 12 points in 32 games with Rochester.

"I'm invested in the development of the prospects, in helping them attain their NHL dreams," Ellis told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "And I still want to be part of a championship."

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