Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with forwards Andrew Peters (two-year deal), Michael Ryan (one-year deal) and Unrestricted Free Agent goaltender Jocelyn Thibault (one-year deal) earlier today. The terms of each contract were not disclosed
Peters, the 6-4, 247-pound native of St. Catharines, Ontario, appeared in a career-high 58 games for the Sabres collecting two points (1+1) and 125 penalty minutes last year. In three seasons with Buffalo, the left winger has appeared in 128 career regular season games compiling 376 penalty minutes and four points (3+1). Peters was selected 34th overall by the Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
“Andrew has been the consummate team player over the past few seasons,” Regier said. “He has committed himself to improving his conditioning and skills to further his development and add to his contributions to the team.”
Ryan, the 6-1,188-pound center played in 19 games last season with the Sabres, picking up five points (3+2) including a two-goal performance against the Montreal Canadiens on March 2 during the 2006-07 NHL season. The 27-year old native of Boston, Massachusetts, appeared in 56 games with the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season, totaling 37 points (14+23). Originally selected 32nd overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, Ryan was traded to Buffalo by Dallas along with the Stars’ 2nd round choice (Branislav Fabry) in 2003 Entry Draft for Stu Barnes.
“Michael is a young player who is ready to play full-time at this level,” said Regier. “He continues to develop and will be an important part of our club next season.”
Thibault (TEE-boh), the 5-11, 169-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, appeared in 22 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, compiling a record of 7-8-2 with a 2.83 goals-against average. Thibault was a Group 3 Unrestricted Free Agent (age 28 or older or with at least seven accrued seasons). The 32-year old has an overall career record of 235-234-68-5 in 574 regular season games with 37 shutouts and a 2.74 GAA. In 15 NHL seasons, he has played for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and Penguins. A member of the 2003 Western Conference NHL All-Star team, Thibault was selected 10th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.