The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday added depth to their blue line, re-signing defenseman Kale Clague to a one-year, two-way contract.
The deal is worth $775,000 in the NHL, with $475,000 guaranteed, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, who reported the contract Tuesday.
The Sabres did not give Clague, 25, a qualifying offer last week as a restricted free agent, allowing them to re-sign him for a lower salary as a free agent.
Clague spent most of last season with the Sabres, compiling zero goals, four points and a minus-3 rating in 33 games. He began the campaign with the Rochester Americans, registering one goal, six points and a minus-8 rating in 14 contests.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Clague stayed in Buffalo from early December until the season ended.
He has compiled two goals, 20 points and a minus-22 rating in 91 career NHL games.
Buffalo assistant general manager Jason Karmanos, Rochester’s GM, said on Monday the Sabres were looking to add to their defense depth.
With Clague back, they have 11 defensemen with NHL experience under contract.