The Sabres' announcement of Ryan O'Reilly's seven-year, $52.5-million contract extension opened a flood of news from the team and the Rochester Amerks. Here's a quick rundown:
---The Sabres confirmed the signing of Cal O'Reilly, Ryan's older brother. It was initially reported earlier in the week by TSN but GM Tim Murray said on Wednesday the deal had yet to be completed. O'Reilly, a standout for Utica of the AHL last year likely ticketed for Rochester, gets a two-year deal worth $1.4 million.
---Buffalo inked veteran NHL defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year deal for a reported $900,000. Colaiacovo, 32, played 32 games last year for Philadelphia, posting two goals and six assists. He is a left-shot defenseman, which the Sabres have an acute need for, but does not project to be the top-four player Buffalo is looking for .
Colaiacovo was a first-round pick (17th overall) in 2001 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has played in 434 career games with the Leafs, Detroit, St. Louis and Philadelphia
---The Amerks, meanwhile, announced they have signed forward Cason Hohmann -- a Boston University teammate of Jack Eichel -- and goaltender C.J. Motte to AHL deals.
Hohmann, 22, had 11 goals and 20 assists in 41 games for BU last year, and completed his four-year career with 32 goals and 60 assists. He could potentially join Eichel linemate Evan Rodrigues in Rochester. Rodrigues signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Sabres in May.
Motte went 18-20-2 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and five shutouts last season for Ferris State. He also made his pro debut in four games for Bridgeport of the AHL (1-2-1, 2.49, .917). The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2014 after going 28-9-3, 2.17, .928 for Ferris.