Justin Falk has played 35 games this season. ©2017, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign Justin Falk to extension

BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $650,000, the team announced this morning.

Falk has provided valuable depth as the Buffalo blue line has endured a rash of injuries. The 28-year-old has played 35 games, compiling three assists, 17 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.

The Sabres signed Falk to a one-year, two-way contract July 1. He started the season with the Rochester Americans before being recalled in early November.

On Thursday, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Falk has “been outstanding.”

“When we signed Justin, we thought he would be a depth guy for us,” he said. “We thought he would be a guy who would come up and play. He’s been all that and more coming up and playing some big situations and not just kind of filling in.

“He’s been in some minute situations and playing up and down the defensive pairings and really kind of been a real nice addition in terms of stability on the back end.”

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