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GRIER ACCEPTS QUALIFYING OFFER

Buffalo Sabres forward Mike Grier accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer Friday.

Grier had one goal and eight assists in 14 games with the Sabres last season after being acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals on March 9.

"He supplied us with a physical presence and veteran leadership that will help our young team develop," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said.

Grier is an eight-year veteran and two-time 20-goal scorer. He had a total of nine goals and 20 assists in 82 games last season. Grier, 29, has 105 goals and 139 assists in eight seasons with Edmonton, Washington and Buffalo.

NHL teams are required to make qualifying offers to certain players or they immediately become free agents. For players who make less than the league's average salary of $1.8 million, the offer must include at least a 10 percent raise. Grier made $1.6 million last season.

Avs bring back Tanhuay

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche re-signed restricted free-agent forward Alex Tanguay to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Tanguay, 24, had 25 goals and a career-high 54 assists in 69 games last season and played in his first All-Star Game. In 379 career games with Colorado, he has 108 goals and 214 assists. In 74 playoff games, he has 16 goals and 28 assists.

"Alex played very well for us last season and we expect him to continue to be one of the top young players in the game," team President and General Manager Pierre Lacroix said. "Despite being injured in March when, at that time, he was leading our club in scoring, he still finished the season with career numbers."

Tampa re-signs Dingham

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed left wing Chris Dingman, who led the team with 140 penalty minutes last season, to a multiyear contract.

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