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Sabres sign O'Regan, Baptiste, Bailey to two-way deals

The Sabres have signed restricted free agent forwards Danny O'Regan, Nick Baptsite and Justin Bailey to two-way contracts for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Sunday.

O'Regan's deal has an average annual value of $874,125. Baptiste's has an average annual value of $787,500 and Bailey's has an AAV of $715,000.

O'Regan was acquired by the Sabres at the trade deadline from the San Jose Sharks as part of the Evander Kane deal. He had four assists overall in 21 NHL games, with two games coming with the Sabres, in his second professional season out of Boston University.

He posted six goals and nine assists in 18 games with Rochester after the trade and had 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 31 American Hockey League games before the trade with the San Jose Barracudas.

O'Regan was the AHL Rookie of the Year in 2016-17, putting up 23 goals and 58 points in 63 games for the Barracudas.

Baptiste, 2013 third-round draft choice, had a career-high four goals and two assists in 33 games with the Sabres. He had seven goals and 11 assists in 36 regular season games with Rochester in the AHL. He also tallied a playoff goal for the Amerks.

Baptiste will be looking to stick with the Sabres and add depth to the forwards after having spent another season bouncing between the AHL and the NHL.

Bailey, a Buffalo native who was a second-round pick in 2013, had three goals and an assist in 12 games with the Sabres last season. He had 10 goals and five assists in 37 games in Rochester.

The Sabres have now comes to terms with four of their six restricted free agents, having signed Sean Malone to a two-way contract last week.

The biggest name remaining is Sam Reinhart. General Manager Jason Botterill has said the team is hoping to sign Reinhart to a long-term deal.

C.J. Smith is also a restricted free agent.

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