The Buffalo Sabres made another depth addition to their roster Sunday by signing free-agent forward Zac Dalpe to a one-year contract.

Dalpe, 24, is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder who had four goals and three assists last year in a career-high 55 games for the Vancouver Canucks. He plays predominantly at right wing.

Dalpe was a former second-round pick (45th overall) by Carolina in 2008. He has played 96 NHL games for the Hurricanes and Canucks. Dalpe was an All-American Hockey League player in 2011 for Charlotte after putting up 23 goals and 57 points in 61 games.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dalpe had a two-way contract last year with Vancouver that paid him $550,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL. He’ll compete for a fourth-line spot with the Sabres at training camp and stands to be a good depth addition to fill the roster for Rochester as well.


The Sabres will open their annual development camp today in First Niagara Center. Players will be on the ice from 10:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. The camp is highlighted by an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night at 7 and a three-on-three tournament Friday morning at 10:30. All sessions are open to the public.

The full schedule: Today – Practice, 10:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. Tuesday – Pre-scrimmage skates 10:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., scrimmage 7 p.m. (three 20-minute periods). Wednesday – off. Thursday – Practice/testing: 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Friday: three-on-three tournament: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Buffalo’s last seven first-round picks are scheduled to take part in development camp, including 2014 first-rounder Sam Reinhart.

Reinhart signed a three-year, entry-level contract Saturday and The News learned late Saturday night the deal pays the rookie maximum of a $925,000 cap hit per season. reported Sunday the deal has a signing bonus of $92,500 per season and performance bonuses that top out at $2.65 million per season. So the total maximum value on Reinhart’s contract could be $10,725,000.

Winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas, acquired Wednesday in a trade with Winnipeg, signed a one-year deal Saturday. It’s a two-way contract that pays $640,000 in the NHL and $65,000 in the AHL.