Sabres Free Agency Recap Day One

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM EDT

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Sabres Free Agency Recap Day One

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW.com) The Sabres watched two veteran defenseman walk out the door, only to add another on day one of the NHL's free agency period.



The day started with Buffalo blueline staples Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder becoming unrestricted free agents at noon. It didn't take long for either to find a new home.



Lydman was the first to leave, signing a 3-year, 9 million dollar contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The veteran had spent the previous five seasons in Buffalo. Later in the afternoon it was Henrik Tallinder joining a new team. The Sabres 2nd round pick back in 1997, signed a four year deal with the New Jersey Devils that will pay him 13.5 million dollars according to his agent Don Meehan.



Just after 5:00pm the Sabres partially made up for the losses by signing defenseman Jordan Leopold to a 3-year contract reportedly worth 9 million dollars. Leopold (6'1, 200 lbs) had 26 points, including a career best 11 goals, in 81 combined games for Florida and Pittsburgh last season. The 8 year veteran has also played in Colorado and Calgary during his career.



Sabres GM Darcy Regier is scheduled to address the media tonight. We will post his comments on the day when available.

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