Sure enough, on Friday, the Sabres signed Sheahan, who came to training camp on a professional tryout, to a one-year contract worth $700,000.
Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said “the specialist that he is” helped Sheahan earn a deal.
“(He’s) strong on faceoffs, (an) excellent penalty killer, does things right,” Krueger said on a Zoom call Friday. “He’s a pro off the ice, on the ice. … He plays the game the right way, he stays above the puck defensively, he’s somebody we could inject anywhere for stability and to top it off he’s an excellent character.
“All of the reports pre-information that float our way has been confirmed by just the way he’s been in the first week. Lots of good reasons and we’re pleased to have Riley as a Sabre.”
The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Sheahan has scored 66 goals and 164 points in 513 career NHL games. The Detroit Red Wings drafted him 21st overall in 2010. He grew up about 30 miles from Buffalo in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Sabres are Sheahan’s fifth team since the 2017-18 season. After leaving Detroit, he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers.