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Amerks surprise Finley gets NHL deal from Sabres

Fans are happy to see the Sabres getting bigger by developing players such as Zack Kassian and Brayden McNabb to the organization and they signed another one to a deal Monday night by giving 6-foot-8 Rochester Amerks defenseman Joe Finley an multi-year NHL contract. Finley was on a one-year AHL deal after making the Amerks lineup via a training camp tryout.

The Sheehy Hockey agency tweeted the deal earlier today and the Sabres confirmed it around 9:50 Monday night. It's a three-year deal believed to hold the NHL minimum salary of $525,000 per season if Finley is in Buffalo.

A former No. 1 draft pick of the Washington Capitals, the 24-year-old Finley has been dogged by injuries in his first two pro seasons but has become a revelation in Rochester. He has one goal, one assist,  57 penalty minutes and a team-high plus-10 rating in 18 games and has pushed his way onto Rochester's shutdown pairing with veteran and former Sabre Shaone Morrisonn.

---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

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