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Sabres sign three to minor-league deals, including Zigomanis of fax machine infamy

By John Vogl

It took 14 years, but Mike Zigomanis is finally in the Sabres' organization.

The Sabres announced today they've signed Zigomanis, West Seneca's Alex Lepkowski and forward Frederick Roy to minor-league contracts with the Rochester Americans.

Zigomanis is the most intriguing of the trio. Buffalo selected him in the second round of the 1999 draft, and it had two years to sign him. They finally agreed to a deal about a half-hour before the deadline, but their initial contract exchange had a salary error. They tried to fix it and fax the deal into the NHL, but it didn't arrive before the deadline because the league's fax machines were overworked.

Zigomanis went back into the draft, got selected by Carolina in 2001 and has played for nine NHL and AHL teams, plus a squad in Sweden.

Zigomanis had seven goals and 28 assists in 65 games with the Toronto Marlies last season.

The Sabres selected Lepkowski in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, but they didn't sign him in the two-year window that expired last month. He remained close with the organization and is participating in prospect camp this week. The defenseman had nine assists in 60 games with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.

Roy played in 64 games with the Amerks last season, putting up eight goals and two assists.

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