The Buffalo Sabres gave themselves some added insurance in net by signing goalie Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way NHL contract Sunday.
Wilcox, a 26-year-old who has appeared in 21 games with Rochester this season, was placed on waivers by the Sabres with the purpose of keeping him on the Amerks' roster. He was previously on an AHL contract and the roster move will allow him to be recalled to the NHL in the event of an injury.
The roster move came two days after the team announced goalie prospect Jonas Johansson underwent successful season-ending surgery, though the nature of the injury was not disclosed. Johansson and Scott Wedgewood were the only non-roster goalies in the Sabres' system signed to NHL contracts.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, a 19-year-old drafted in the second round in 2017, signed a contract with Buffalo but is still playing for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League and is not expected to join the Amerks until the completion of his junior season.
Wilcox, a sixth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2011, made his NHL debut with the Sabres last April, when he stopped all 14 shots he faced in the season finale against Florida. He has a .900 save percentage in 126 career AHL games and has a .896 save percentage while serving as Wedgewood's backup in Rochester this season.