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Fredonia's Bailen leaves the Amerks for Finland

By John Vogl

Nick Bailen's hockey journey is set to take an overseas turn.

The Fredonia native has signed with Tappara Tampere, the Finnish club announced. Bailen joined the Rochester Americans in March after leaving Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He played 12 games with the Sabres' minor-league affiate, including all three playoff outings.

The 23-year-old defenseman had no goals, three assists and a minus-5 rating during the regular season and no points with a minus-3 during the playoffs. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder had 12 goals and 31 points in 35 games at RPI this season.

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John Vogl

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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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