Forward Luke Adam and goaltender Matt Hackett signed one-year contracts with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Tuesday.
Adam, 23, appeared in four games with the Sabres last season, scoring one goal. In addition, the St. John’s, Newfoundland, native appeared in 67 games for the Rochester Americans of the American League, collecting 15 goals and 22 assists. Over the last three seasons, Adam appeared in 75 NHL games, picking up 25 points (14-11).
Adam was selected by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Hackett appeared in three regular-season games with Rochester last season after being acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild. The London, Ont., native compiled a 22-20-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against average last sseason in the AHL with Houston and Rochester. Overall, Hackett has appeared in 13 NHL games, including one last season (0-1-0). Hackett is 3-7-0 with a 2.64 GAA in his NHL career.
The nephew of former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett was selected by Minnesota in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Four Sabres, including both goalies, were invited to their country’s evaluation camp for the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia. Ryan Miller was one of five goalies invited by Hockey USA and the only Buffalo player picked to try out for Team USA, which did invite Buffalo natives Brooks Orpik, a Pittsburgh defenseman, and Patrick Kane, a Chicago winger.
Sweden invited goalie Jhonas Enroth and defenseman Henrik Tallinder. Finland invited winger Ville Leino.
Russia, the other nation to announce its pre-Olympic roster, didn’t invite any current Sabres but it did pick defenseman Denis Denisov, who was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round in 2000 but never came to North America.
Jagr joins Devils
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils replaced their best player with one of the NHL’s greatest of all time.
Less than two weeks after the stunning return of Ilya Kovalchuk to Russia, the Devils signed two-time Stanley Cup winner and former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, $2 million contract on Tuesday. He reportedly can earn another $2 million in bonuses.
Jagr is 41 and in the twilight of his career, but he gives the Devils a proven scorer who can play on the power play.
“I watched him play the last couple of years and I have never seen someone work so hard,” GM Lou Lamoriello said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. Jagr split last season with Dallas and Boston, scoring a combined 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 games. The NHL’s active leading scorer added 10 assists in helping the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup final, but he did not score a postseason goal.