Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has signed forwards Dylan Hunter and Patrick Kaleta, along with defensemen Mike Card and Michael Funk to multi-year contracts.
Hunter (left wing, 6 foot, 196 lbs, pictured left), Buffalo's ninth-round selection (273rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, spent the past five seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. The 21-year-old son of former NHLer Dale Hunter scored 369 points (95+ 274) in 315 games, including back-to-back seasons of 30+ goals and 100+ points. Hunter, a three-time OHL All-Star, also won a Memorial Cup championship with London in 2005.
Kaleta (right wing, 6-1, 200 lbs.), a native of Angola, NY, was selected in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft. Kaleta, 19, played four seasons for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, finishing with 147 points (61+86) in 264 games, along with 358 PIMs. The rugged forward was a key component in Peterborough's run to the Memorial Cup this season, scoring 18 points (8+10) in 19 playoff games.
Funk (defense, 6-4, 208 lbs.) was selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft. Funk, 19, played four seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks, scoring 121 points (23+98) in 280 games. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., attended training camp with Buffalo this season, and played in one preseason game against Washington on September 17.
Card (defense, 6-1, 200 lbs.) was Buffalo's seventh choice (240th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, scoring 147 points (35+112) in 269 games. Card played in three consecutive Memorial Cups (2003-05) with Kelowna, winning a championship in 2004.