The Buffalo Sabres have signed 2013 second round pick Justin Bailey to a three-year, entry-level contract the club announced Sunday.
Bailey, a Buffalo native, is in his third season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League where he has nine goals and 18 points in 13 games.
In 124 career OHL games, Bailey has 51 goals and 97 points to go along with 68 penalty minutes.
Bailey grew up a Sabres fan and lived next door to former Sabres’ Mike Peca, Rob Ray and Matthew Barnaby.
Sunday’s news sees the story come full circle for the 19-year-old.
It’s been a nightmare year for Matthew Barnaby, but the silver lining is that he won’t have to do jail time after pleading guilty to four charges including driving while intoxicated. The Buffalo News reports that Barnaby must complete 100 hours of community service, will have his license revoked for one year and will receive counseling. He also faces the possibility of deportation and lost his job as an ESPN analyst.
Barnaby’s earlier legal issues came after a domestic disturbance in May, which ended up requiring 500 hours of community service and anger management courses.
He reportedly hired an attorney for potential hearings related to his possible deportation, so while his situation is mostly resolved, things aren’t completely settled yet.
ESPN has fired analyst and former NHL player Matthew Barnaby after his arrest for drunken driving early this morning in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence.
“We spoke with Matthew and informed him we terminated his ESPN contract, effective immediately,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told USA Today.
One expert thinks Barnaby could be deported back to Canada as a result of the incident.