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Sabres, Varone avoid arbitration with one-year, $600K deal

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Just over a week after filing for arbitration, Phil Varone has avoided the hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Sabres.

The contract is of the two-way variety.

Varone, 24, split last season between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate in Rochester, appearing in a career-high 28 NHL games while scoring five points. With the Amerks, he had 15 goals and 44 points in 55 games — and it was the AHL part of his contract that led to the original arbitration filing, per the Buffalo News:

Varone had a pro-rated NHL salary of $595,000 last season and made $62,500 in the AHL. The Sabres tendered him his NHL qualifying offer by last week’s deadline, which would push his NHL salary into the $655,000 range. He’s likely looking for a much bigger salary for the AHL portion of his deal, given the large minor-league salaries the Sabres handed out last week in free agency.

Buffalo will be paying former Utica Comets captain Cal O’Reilly $700,000 next season to play in the AHL, while defenseman Matt Donovan would make $400,000 with the Amerks, defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti would make $300,000 and forward Jason Akeson would be at $250,000.

Varone will be in tough for minutes with Buffalo next season. The team will be dramatically different at center, with Ryan O’Reilly as the new No. 1 and both Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart looking to crack the roster and be full-time contributors.

GM Tim Murray also added some depth in veteran David Legwand, acquired from Ottawa in the Robin Lehner deal.

Flyers recall Jason Akeson

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Forward Jason Akeson has been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms the Flyers announced Saturday.

Akeson started the 2014-15 season with the Flyers registering six penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating while averaging 7:37 in ice time in 12 games.

The 24-year-old appeared in 19 games with the Phantoms scoring eight goals and 17 points to go along with a minus-1 rating.

In 14 career NHL games, all with the Flyers, Akeson has a goal and an assist to go along with six penalty minutes.

The Flyers visit the Buffalo Sabres tonight for the first of three meetings this season.

Flyers waive Akeson

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The Flyers put forward Jason Akeson on waivers Thursday.

Akeson, 24, has spent his entire professional career with the Flyers organization since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2011. A dynamic scorer with OHL Kitchener — he had 108 points one year on a team that featured Gabriel Landeskog — Akeson has been a quality scorer at the AHL level, scoring 24 goals and 64 points with Adirondack last season.

In 12 games this year with the Flyers he has no points, with a minus-1 rating and six PIM. His last game came two weeks ago in a 6-3 loss to Montreal.