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Sabres sign defenseman Antipin

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The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Victor Antipin (an-TEE-pihn) to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Antipin (5'11", 179 lbs., 12/6/1992) appeared in 59 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) in the 2016-17 season, registering 24 points (6+18). He also totaled 11 points (7+4) in 18 playoff games. 

"Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. "His mobility and puck-moving skills make him a perfect match for what we're hoping to build with our defense corps next season."

A native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, Antipin has been a member of Magnitogorsk for the last seven seasons. The defenseman finished with 98 points (36+62) in 266 regular-season KHL games, adding 37 points (17+20) in 79 total playoff games.

Antipin helped guide Magnitogorsk to two Gagarin Cup Championships (2013-14 and 2015-16) during his KHL career. His individual honors include a selection to the 2013 KHL All-Star Game, the Gentleman on Ice award in 2014-15, and a Golden Helmet in 2016-17, an award given to the members of the league's post-season All-Star Team.

Internationally, Antipin has represented Russia at five major tournaments, including each of the last three IIHF World Championships. He won a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2015 IIHF World Championship, and took home a bronze medal at both the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Championships.

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