One of the steadiest players in the Boston hockey scene will be making the short trip to Portland next season.
Alex Biega, Harvard's captain who never missed a game in his four seasons with the Crimson, has signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. His contract is for $515,000 in 2010-11 and $525,000 in 2011-12. The defenseman was selected in the fifth round by Buffalo in the 2006 entry draft
The Sabres have not announced the signing.
The 22-year-old played 131 games at Harvard, recording 15 goals and 70 points. His 55 assists were the most by a Crimson defenseman since Derek Maguire had 71 from 1991-94. Biega had two goals and eight assists in 30 games this season.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is expected to start his pro career with the Sabres' minor-league affiliate in Portland. The Pirates had a crowd with eight defensemen this year, but prospects Mike Weber and Marc-Andre Gragnani are expected to compete for spots on the Sabres next season.
It appears one player who surely won't be back with the Pirates is forward Philip Gogulla. According to a German hockey Web site, Gogulla is ending his North American hockey experiment and returning to his homeland with the Cologne Sharks. The winger was sixth on the Pirates with 35 points, including 15 goals, but reportedly was not happy being away from Germany. The 22-year-old was the Sabres' second-round pick in the 2005 draft.