Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres have brought back one of their own, signing former 2010 first round pick (23rd overall) Mark Pysyk to a one-year deal worth $900,000.
Pysyk's trade to the Florida Panthers back in 2016 was an awful move, as he was dealt to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov turned into one of the worst defensemen to ever play for the blue and gold.
The trade by former general manager Tim Murray was also a move to jump up the draft board in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft, where the Sabres took forward Rasmus Asplund with the 33rd overall pick. Buffalo also sent a second and third round pick with Pysyk to the Panthers.
After 125 games with the Sabres, where he scored five goals and 21 assists for 26 points, Pysyk played 292 games with the Panthers. The 29-year-old scored 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 points in Florida.
After four seasons with the Panthers, the last of which saw him play a lot on the wing, Pysyk went to the Dallas Stars on a free agent deal. With Dallas last season, Pysyk had three goals and four points in 36 games.