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The Buffalo Sabres have signed veteran forward Jamie Tardif to a one-year, two-way contract for $550,000. Tardif, 28, is a 6-foot, 205-pound right winger who instantly gives a boost to the Rochester Americans’ offense. He is a native of nearby Welland, Ont.

Tardif scored a career-high 30 goals in 62 games last year for the Providence Bruins and added seven goals in 12 playoff games.

He also had a 27-goal season in 2010-11 for Grand Rapids, the Detroit farm club.

Tardif, who has spent most of the last seven years in the AHL, made his NHL debut last year with two scoreless games for Boston.

Coyotes’ deal is set

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix Coyotes spent four years looking over their shoulders as numerous potential owners came forward then fell away.

Rumors of relocation cropped up, the team supposedly headed back to Winnipeg, where it originated, or to some place new like Seattle.

Finally, after all the fits and starts, distractions and innuendo, the Coyotes finally have an owner — and a home.

IceArizona completed its purchase of the franchise from the NHL on Monday and received approval from the league’s Board of Governors, keeping the Coyotes in the desert for the foreseeable future.

Completion of the sale triggers a $225 million lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena reached last month by the city of Glendale and Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, managing partner of IceArizona,

“I’m ecstatic,” new Coyotes chairman and governor George Gosbee said on a conference call. “It was a complicated transaction, probably one of the most complicated transactions I’ve worked on in 21 years in the financial business, but a lot of hard of work and support kept us going through the process. Now we can start focusing on what matters and that’s building a winning organization here in the Valley.”

The Coyotes have been operated by the league since former owner Jerry Moyes took the franchise into bankruptcy in 2009.

The team handled the off-ice distractions the first three years by reaching the playoffs, including the franchise’s first NHL division title and appearance in the Western Conference finals in 2011-12. A looming resolution to the saga — the NHL was likely going to move the franchise if the RSE deal fell through — finally took its toll last season, when the Coyotes finished four points out of the West’s final playoff spot.