After making a major splash by signing forward Kyle Okposo earlier on in the day, the Buffalo Sabres were able to add some depth on the blue line by signing defenseman Justin Falk to a one year, two way contract worth $650,000.
The 27 year old defenseman was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, but has gone onto play for the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets before signing with the Sabres. Falk, a stay-at-home defenseman, has played 171 games in the NHL, scoring two goals and 21 assists throughout his career.
While the signing of the 6’5” defenseman may not make headlines, he adds some much needed defensive depth to the roster. Due to the fact that he signed a two way deal, general manager Tim Murray is likely expecting Falk to play in Rochester this upcoming season, and be a reliable call up should one of the Sabres’ defensemen go down with an injury.
The Sabres are most likely not done in free agency, as the team will likely try to add another experienced defenseman and a backup goaltender.