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.
Buffalo Sabres property Mark Pysyk, who is currently with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, reportedly collapsed during a pickup basketball game at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
According to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the 23-year-old was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but he was “fairly alert and his vital signs were close to normal”.
Pysyk played in Friday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies and was with the team this morning as they had a team breakfast and an off-ice workout.
Oklobzija added that Pysyk hasn’t had a similar issue in his three seasons with the Sabres.
Update: The Americans confirmed the Democrat and Chronicle story adding the defenseman is still being evaluated in hospital.
Originally the Sabres’ first-round selection (23rd overall in 2010), Pysyk has appeared in seven games with the Sabres this season registering two goals and an assist while averaging 18:11 in ice time.
He was reassigned to Rochester on Thursday following the Sabres 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Coach Ted Nolan expressed his desire to have the defenseman with the parent club this week.
“Last time he was up, he looked ready for prime time,” said Nolan on Monday.
Adding, “I know where he should be, but in the process we’re going through here, it’s out of our control.”
Pysyk has appeared in 51 AHL games this season registering three goals and 15 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes.
Anaheim Ducks forward, Dany Heatley, who was placed on waivers by the club Monday, has cleared.
The 33-year-old has appeared in six games for the Ducks this season in which he’s failed to register a point while carrying a minus-3 rating.
In 869 career NHL games with the Ducks, Wild, Sharks, Senators and Thrashers Heatley has 372 goals, 791 points and 620 penalty minutes.
Originally the the second overall selection at the 2000 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Heatley won the Calder Trophy has the league’s top rookie following the 2001-02 season where he scored 26 goals and 67 points in 82 games with Atlanta.
With the exception of a two-game conditioning assignment this season, Heatley has never played in the AHL.
Heatley is on a one-year, $1 million contract this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.
Steve Pinizzotto remains with the Oilers and participated in the team’s morning skate today.
The Buffalo Sabres have assigned goaltender Matt Hackett to the Rochester Americans.
With Magnus Paajarvi clearing waivers, St. Louis is expected to recall a forward from the Chicago Wolves. Paajarvi has been assigned to the AHL club. Chris Porter was placed on IR today. St. Louis currently has 21 players on its’ active roster.