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Brian McCutcheon, who led the Rochester Americans to an 82-60-18 regular-season record the last two seasons, has signed a three-year contract to return as coach of the Buffalo Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate.

The Amerks had one of their most successful seasons in 1998-99 with a 52-22-6 mark and a franchise-record 111 points as they reached the Calder Cup finals for the 15th time in the club's 43-year history.

"Brian has done a tremendous job developing our prospects at the AHL level," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said.

Two Senators reach deals

OTTAWA -- Center Radek Bonk agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

The team also was expected to announce today that left wing Magnus Arvedson has signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Arvedson finished second to Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars in voting for the Frank Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. Ottawa's only remaining unresolved contract matter involves holdout Alexei Yashin, currently training in Switzerland.

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