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Sabres add to blueline depth with two-year deal for ex-Canes defenseman Matt Tennyson

The Sabres need more depth on defense, both in options at the NHL level and mainstays in Rochester. They've made a move in that direction by signing Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract. The first year is a two-way deal, the second is a one-way. Terms were not immediately available.

Tennyson, 27, is a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. Of big importance to the Sabres is that he's a right-hand shot, where they are very thin right now after Rasmus Ristolainen and Zach Bogosian. Tennyson played a career-high 45 games for Carolina last season with six assists and a minus-13 rating. He played nine games for Charlotte of the AHL with three goals and four assists. (Full career stats here)

Tennyson has played 105 career NHL games with Carolina and San Jose. He played 29 games for the Sharks in 2015-16, the year they advanced to the Stanley Cup final, but did not appear in the playoffs. Tennyson was signed by San Jose in 2012 after playing three years at Western Michigan.


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