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Ellis re-signed by Sabres

The Sabres have announced that they have re-signed veteran forward Matt Ellis to a one-year deal that will pay him $625,000 in the NHL and $105,000 if he's in Portland. Ellis made $500,000 last year before becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

Ellis, who turned 29 Tuesday, set career highs in games played (72), points (13) and assists (10) last season as a fourth-liner. He also scored a goal in Game Two of the playoff series against Boston.

Ellis is a favorite of coach Lindy Ruff and has been a popular player in the locker room since being claimed off waivers from Los Angeles in 2008. General Manager Darcy Regier had indicated last month that the team had opted to not bring back Ellis and Adam Mair and had not approached them about contracts, either for Buffalo or Portland. With a wealth of forwards already on hand, it's certainly feasible for Ellis to serve as forward depth here and a veteran presence in Portland.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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