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Friday, July 3, 2015

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres inked two more deals Thursday and this afternoon.

Today, the team announced they have signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a seven-year contract extension.

The Sabres acquired O’Reilly (6’0”, 210 lbs., 2/7/1991) from the Colorado Avalanche with Jamie McGinn on June 26 in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Prior to joining the Sabres, O’Reilly played in Colorado for six seasons, recording at least 50 points in each of the last three full NHL seasons. The Clinton, Ontario native tallied 55 points (17+38) in 82 games last season as a member of the Avalanche.

O’Reilly led all Colorado forwards in ice time in each of the last two seasons and also led all Colorado skaters in takeaways in both seasons. His faceoff percentage (53.4%) in 2014-15 led all Avalanche players, ranking 20th in the NHL.

A former Avalanche second-round pick (33rd overall) in 2009, O’Reilly has appeared in 427 NHL regular-season games, recording 246 points (90+156) and 64 penalty minutes. He has added seven points (3+4) in 13 postseason games.

O’Reilly was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2014 following a 2013-14 season in which he recorded 28 goals and 64 points – and only two penalty minutes – in 80 games.

On Thursday, the Sabres announced they signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract.

Sanguinetti (6’3”, 190 lbs., 2/29/1988) spent last season as an alternate captain for the Utica Comets, scoring a career-best 16 goals in 61 AHL games. His 40 points (16+24) in 2014-15 led all Comets defensemen and tied for ninth among all AHL blueliners.

The Trenton, New Jersey native led all AHL defensemen in 2014-15 with six game-winning goals and his team-high plus-24 rating tied for eighth in the league. During the Comets’ deep 2015 playoff run, Sanguinetti recorded 14 more (3+11) in 23 games, again leading all AHL defensemen. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.

Since becoming a first-round (21st overall) selection of the New York Rangers, Sanguinetti has appeared in 45 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes, registering six points (2+4) and eight penalty minutes. In eight AHL seasons, he has totaled 210 points (50+160) and 126 penalty minutes in 338 games.

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