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.
Life isn’t so hot for ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby.
Barnaby was arrested and charged with DWI early this morning after being pulled over near his home and driving his Porsche that was missing its front driver’s side tire. Barnaby refused to take a breathalyzer test and failed several field sobriety tests.
Making matters all the more awkward was that Barnaby tweeted a photo of himself out enjoying a day of football with pals on Sunday.
Getting busted for DWI months after having to deal with a domestic abuse charge that he later got past by having to serve 500 hours of community service makes for a busy time for Barnaby’s attorney. Driving on three tires though? That’s a new one for the police files and a brutal way to treat a Porsche.
Drunk driving is no joke though and if Barnaby’s having issues, this incident should be a wake-up call for the former NHL brawler turned ESPN analyst.
It looks like former NHL player and current ESPN/TSN analyst Matthew Barnaby is on the way to wiping the slate clean. The ex-Buffalo Sabres forward made headlines after a domestic disturbance in May, forcing him to plead not guilty to five charges (including felony mischief) and he was also issued two protective orders.
The Buffalo News reports that the charges could be dropped if he completes 500 hours of community service within one year and continues anger management counseling. It is unclear what Barnaby will do for that community service, but the story indicates that Barnaby received about “five times” the amount of service time that most people serve. That being said, things could have been much worse; the area district attorney said that Barnaby “would likely have been deported” if convicted of the worst charges.
Reports indicate that there was no violence toward Barnaby’s ex-wife or her boyfriend. Instead, the Buffalo News indicates that he only did $300 worth of damage to the property by kicking the garage door. Ultimately, it seems to be a minor incident that everyone can move on from soon enough.