BUFFALO – The Sabres have signed an O’Reilly. It’s probably not the one you’re thinking of, however.
The team inked center Cal O’Reilly, Ryan O’Reilly’s older brother, to a two-year, one-way deal worth $700,000 per season this afternoon, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Update: Sabres general manager Tim Murray said this afternoon the Sabres have not signed O’Reilly. The two sides have talked. Murray said Sabres have signed winger Jason Akeson.
Cal O’Reilly, an AHL star, has 13 goals and 41 points in 113 NHL games with Nashville, Arizona and Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old spent last season with the AHL Utica Comets, scoring 10 goals and 61 points in 76 games.
O’Reilly, despite the one-way deal, could be headed for Rochester. Murray has spoken about how he wants the Americans to win. Having a No. 1 center like O’Reilly will certainly help. He has 74 goals and 371 points in 416 AHL appearances.
The Sabres traded for Ryan O’Reilly on Friday in a blockbuster deal with Colorado. The team reportedly is working on massive long-term extension with him.
Update: The Sabres have also signed Matt Donovan, a left-handed defenseman, to a one-year deal, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli. The 25-year-old has two goals and 19 points in 67 NHL games with the New York Islanders.
Donovan could be ticketed for Rochester. Having compiled 32 goals and 119 points in 180 contests, he’s one of the AHL’s top point-producing defensemen.