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Reports: Sabres sign Armia, first-round pick in 2011

The Sabres have agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with 2011 first-round pick Joel Armia, according to reports.

The Finnish winger has signed a deal that could be worth up to $3.825 million, according to Swedish News and CapGeek.com. The Sabres did not immediately announced the deal.

Armia, who recently started mandatory military service in his homeland, is expected to spend another season in Finland before playing in the Sabres' organization. The contract will not start until Armia arrives in North America.

The 19-year-old recorded 18 goals and 38 points in 54 games with Assat of the Finnish elite league. He also had five goals and seven points in seven games with Finland at the world junior championships.

---John Vogl


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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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