Forward Zac Dalpe signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
A second-round pick (No. 45) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 NHL Draft, Dalpe, 24, played a career-high 55 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and had seven points (four goals, three assists). He has nine goals, 17 points and 10 penalty minutes in 96 NHL games.
Dalpe spent most of the past four seasons in the American Hockey League, where he earned all-rookie honors with the Charlotte Checkers in 2011. He has 142 points (68 goals, 74 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 186 regular-season AHL games, and 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 29 postseason games.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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