Matt Ellis will return to the Buffalo Sabres organization for an eighth season.
The 33-year-old has signed a one-year, American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans for the 2015-16 season.
The forward appeared in 39 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season scoring one goal and one assist while averaging 8:19 in time on ice.
Ellis also played 38 AHL games with the Americans scoring seven goals and six assists.
He has split the past three seasons between Buffalo and Rochester.
In 356 career NHL games split between the Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, Ellis has scored 21 goals 49 points.
Buffalo acquired Ellis off of waivers from the L.A. Kings during the 2008 preseason.
Matt Ellis scored his first goal of the season for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and it turned out to be the game winner, as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-3.
Tanks to a bad line change and some sloppy defending on Toronto’s part, the 33-year-old Ellis was able to take a pass, walk in alone and make a move to the backhand, sliding the puck past a sprawled out Jonathan Bernier.
The Sabres are now only two points back of the Arizona Coyotes for 29th in the NHL’s overall standings, as the race in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, um, heats up?
Mikhail Grigorenko is back on his way to the bigs.
The Russian forward, Buffalo’s first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to the Sabres from AHL Rochester, the club announced on Tuesday.
Also headed up from the Amerks are forwards Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo.
The trio has been brought up to replace Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart, all three of whom were traded at Monday’s deadline. Between those departures and the injuries to Josh Gorges, Zemgus Girgensons and Patrick Kaleta (Evander Kane too, lest we forget), Buffalo will be icing a forward group that projects to look like this:
Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Brian Gionta
Marcus Foligno-Mikhail Grigorenko-Cody Hodgson
Johan Larsson-Phil Varone-Zac Dalpe
Nicolas Deslauriers-Schaller-Matt Ellis
D’Amigo would be the 13th forward, presumably.
As for Grigorenko, most eyes will likely be on him as he gets another stint with the parent club. He’s been good in Rochester this year, scoring 31 points in 38 games, but only had one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres earlier this year. His last NHL game came on Jan. 9.