Down On The Farm: Up The 90
As has been the trend this off-season, RDS’ Renaud Lavoie has broken another Sabres signing tonight:
Colin Stuart was a great veteran for the Pirates last season, compiling 16 goals and 44 points as a member of the Atlantic Division champions.
Minutes later, Bill Hoppe of the Niagara Gazette and Olean Times Herald broke another signing:
Rochester’s own Derek Whitmore had a great year with Portland in 2010/2011, scoring 27 goals (and 47 points) and emerging as a leader. By staying with the Sabres, Whitmore will return home and undoubtedly become a fan favorite.
UPDATE: Per Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Whitmore is on a two-way, one year deal worth $95K in the AHL and $525K in the NHL.
These two signings follow the Sabres signing goaltender Drew MacIntyre away from the Hamilton Bulldogs, as broken by the Hamilton Spectator’s Scott Radley:
Former Hamilton Bulldog goalie Drew MacIntyre has signed with the Buffalo Sabres. It's a huge loss for the team.—
Scott Radley (@radleyatthespec) July 05, 2011
MacIntyre will likely never see the ice as a Sabre, despite his signing with the team under the impression he’ll battle for the back-up position. What he’ll do is push Jhonas Enroth harder in his pursuit of the job, then likewise push David Leggio in Rochester.
Just as he’s shown to a skeptical Sabres fanbase, Terry Pegula is proving to the Americans fanbase that he’s just as serious about building a winner on the farm as he is with the big club. More signings to add scoring and possibly a couple demotions should round out the roster.
Editor’s Note: Black & Blue & Gold’s series focusing on the farm team will now be called Up The 90. I doubt that name needs explaining to anyone reading this blog.