The Sabres, still searching for more grit after a first-round playoff exit, have signed forward Rob Niedermayer.
TSN.ca reports the deal is for one year, $1 million. He is coming off an identical contract with New Jersey.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center spent last season with the Devils, recording 10 goals and 12 assists in 71 games. The 16-year veteran, who is the younger brother of future Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Niedermayer, has played 1,082 regular-season games for Florida, Calgary, Anaheim and New Jersey. He has 181 goals, 269 assists and 882 penalty minutes.
Niedermayer brings Stanley Cup-winning experience to Buffalo. He recorded five goals and five assists during 21 playoff games with Anaheim in 2007, as the Ducks won the first Cup in their franchise history.
The British Columbia native has played 109 playoff games, recording 17 goals, 22 assists, 39 points and 109 penalty minutes. His teams have been in the postseason the past five years, though Niedermayer has just three assists in 20 games the past three seasons.
Niedermayer, drafted fifth overall by the Panthers in 1993, likely will fill the third- and fourth-line center roles performed by unrestricted free agents Adam Mair and Matt Ellis. Centers on the Sabres' roster include Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad and Cody McCormick. Tim Kennedy played in the middle for the Sabres last season but is a natural left winger.