By John Vogl
Tim Murray was looking for a couple of players for the Amerks, and he's found one in Tyson Strachan.
The 29-year-old defenseman spent last season in the Washington organization, dressing in 18 games with the Capitals and 60 games for their AHL affiliate in Hershey. Strachan's two-way deal, according to Ryan Rishaug of TSN, is for one year with an NHL salary of $650,000 and AHL pay of $275,000.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman has played 138 games for St. Louis, Florida and Washington. He has one goal, 15 points and 155 penalty minutes. Carolina drafted the Ohio State product in the fifth round of the 2003 draft.
Strachan provides experience for the Sabres' organization, which features young blue-liners Rasmus Ristolainen, Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe.
Strachan, according to CapGeek.com, had a two-way contract with Washington last season that paid $550,000 in the NHL and $225,000 in the minors.
The dog-loving defenseman is the founder of Strachan Strays, which promotes pet adoption.