Former Sabres captain Craig Rivet has taken two steps back to keep his hockey career going, signing with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Rivet, who started last season as the Sabres' captain and finished on the Columbus Blue Jackets' power play, hasn't played in the minors since the 1996-97 season.
"I'm just really excited to come to the rink and meet the new guys, get familiar with the surroundings," Rivet told the team Website today after reporting to what's considered a Double-A league. "It's not the level. It's the competition. I know that the competition here is still high. There's a lot of hungry guys that want to move to the next level, and that's what's exciting for me. It's not like I'm coming down here and not going to be playing against guys of caliber. These guys can play hockey."