Sabres sign Rob Niedermayer
That one came out of nowhere.
Broken by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun on twitter, the Sabres have agreed to terms with free agent center Rob Niedermayer.
Sources tell TSN that Rob Niedermayer has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the club.
The 35-year old played last season with the New Jersey Devils and recorded 10 goals and 12 assists in 71 games played.
LeBrun also reports the UFA chose the Sabres over Edmonton and Pittsburgh. Niedermayer becomes the only player in the locker room with a Stanley Cup ring, having won it with Anaheim in 2007.
His veteran presence will be a nice addition down the middle. Look for the man with 1,081 games played to slide in as the checking line center with Mike Grier, allowing Paul Gaustad to be pushed down the depth chart to a more physical role.
Rob, despite never playing for the Sabres, does have a history with Lindy Ruff. Niedermayer broke into the league with the Florida Panthers while Lindy Ruff was serving as an assistant coach. Ruff’s first season there, 1993-94, also happened to be Niedermayer’s rookie year. Both were there for Florida’s cinderella run to the Final in 1996, and Ruff left for Buffalo after the ’96-’97 season.