The Buffalo Sabres added to their organizational depth at forward Tuesday, claiming former second-round pick Remi Elie on waivers from the Dallas Stars. Elie is signed on a two-way deal for this season with a cap hit of $735,000.
Elie, 23, is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound left winger who was a former junior teammate of Connor McDavid with the Erie Otters in 2014-15. He had six goals and eight assists last year for Dallas in 72 games. He then returned to the AHL's Texas Stars and played 19 games in the Calder Cup playoffs as the Stars advanced to Game 7 of the final before losing to the Toronto Marlies.
Elie had one goal for Dallas in 18 games during the 2016-17 season, giving up seven goals in 90 career NHL games. He has 16 goals in 121 AHL games for Texas.
The guys take a minute during practice to say their goodbyes to Remi Elie, who was claimed off waivers by the Sabres this morning. pic.twitter.com/ALMeaY1V4E
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 2, 2018
Elie played on the 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights and was taken by Dallas at No. 40 overall in the 2013 draft. He moved on to Belleville before playing with McDavid in Erie on a team that lost in its OHL conference finals.
The Sabres canceled practice on Tuesday so there was no update on the status of injured center Johan Larsson. After sending Alexander Nylander to Rochester following Monday's practice, the Sabres had only 12 healthy forwards and clearly needed to add another if Larsson was not going to be available for Thursday's season opener against Boston.
By finishing in 31st place last season, the Sabres had first dibs on waived players. There were four players claimed Tuesday. In addition to Elie, Washington claimed forward Dmitrij Jaskin from St. Louis and Toronto lost goalies Curtis McElhinney (Carolina) and Calvin Pickard (Philadelphia), thus leaving a huge hole in net with the Marlies.