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Buffalo Sabres sign forward Jochen Hecht to $14.1-million, four-year extension @NHLdotcom

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Jochen Hecht to a US$14.1-million, four-year contract extension.

Hecht, who will earn $2.35 million this year, was slated for unrestricted free agency after this season. He will earn $3.8 million in 2008-09, $3.8 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11 and $3 million in 2011-12.

Hecht, Buffalo's captain for the month of October, has four points (2-2) in five games this season. The 30-year-old native of Mannheim, Germany, recorded a career-high 56 points (19-37) in 76 games last season.

Hecht has 298 points (112-186) in 478 career NHL games with Buffalo, St. Louis and Edmonton.

He was a member of Germany's 1998 and 2002 Olympic teams, and 1996 and 2004 World Cup teams.

The Sabres acquired Hecht from Edmonton on June 22, 2002, in exchange for the 31st and 36th picks in the 2002 NHL entry draft. He was originally St. Louis' first choice (49th overall) in the 1995 NHL entry draft.

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