Buffalo has re-upped with depth defenseman Justin Falk.
Falk, who’s appeared in 35 games this season, has signed a one-year extension worth $650,000, the club announced. The 28-year-old has averaged 13:11 TOI through those 35 games, while chipping in with three assists.
A veteran of over 200 career NHL contests, Falk — a big body, at 6-foot-5, 222 pounds — could be someone the Sabres choose to expose in this year’s expansion draft.
He’s closing in on that “40/70” threshold that’s reportedly part of the expansion draft rules, in which teams must expose at least two forwards and a defenseman that have played 40 games this year, or 70 over the two previous years combined.
Falk, obviously, is five games away from 40.
We’re starting to see more and more expansion draft-related moves lately. Last week, the Wild inked AHL netminder Alex Stalock to a two-year deal, with the first year of the contract being of the one-way variety, as he looks to be the goalie Minnesota will expose.