Posted January 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
Forward Jochen Hecht is returning to play for the Buffalo Sabres after agreeing to a one-year contract, his German professional team has announced. Hecht has spent this season playing for his hometown team of Adler Mannheim, which posted news of the player's signing with the Sabres on its website Friday. The team said he's prepared to travel to Buffalo on Saturday. Hecht will rejoin the Sabres, where he's played for the past nine NHL seasons. His career has been slowed by concussion-related injuries. Last season, Hecht missed 60 games, including the final 34, because of concussions. Sabres captain Jason Pominville spent part of the NHL lockout playing with Hecht in Germany. Pominville said this week that Hecht was healthy and interested in returning to play for Buffalo.

GARTH: Report: Sabres Sign Hecht

Word out of Mannheim, Germany is that Jochen Hecht is packing his hockey bag, and coming home to Buffalo to play with his beloved Buffalo Sabres: According to the Adler Mannheim Eagles website, the Sabres have signed UFA Jochen Hecht to a free agent contract, that will see him play for Buffalo this season. No mention if its a one-way deal. In six DEL games this season, Hecht has scored...

Sabres' Myers says ankle is healed

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Sabres G Miller upset over lockout

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is back in Buffalo to rejoin his teammates, eagerly awaiting the start of the regular season, and still upset over the four-month NHL lockout. Miller, who played a role in labor talks, called the dispute ''stupid'' and ''a useless waste of time.'' He blamed owners, and singled out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, for prolonging...

I Love Hecht and I'm Not Jochen

Somewhere along the way, it seems like a lot of us decided that every single thing that the Sabres do - heck, everything that everyone in the NHL does - has some deep, resounding meaning.  Every decision is a referendum on Sabres management, usually what's wrong with them.  Maybe all fan bases are like that, but I don't know, it seems like we might be a little worse. ...

Buffalo Sabres eager to test Mikhail Grigorenko

The Buffalo Sabres definitely need to freshen up their offense this season. That is why coach Lindy Ruff will start the season with youngster Marcus Foligno playing with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford on his two scoring units.That line finished last season with a flourish.Ruff also wants to see what rookie center Mikhail Grigorenko can do. The youngster got extra time in the Quebec...

Sabres Focus: Ville Leino

Ville Leino’s first season in Buffalo was far from impressive. In fact, many would call it the biggest first season disappointment of any Sabres free agent signing. In 71 games Leino scored just eight goals and racked up 17 assists for a lower-than-mediocre 25 points. It had a lot of people in area wondering just what [...]The post Sabres Focus: Ville Leino appeared first on Queen City Sports.

GARTH: Gordie Howie Hatty For Brennan

TJ Brennan made waiting for the MOU, or Memorandum of Understanding, a lot more entertaining on Saturday night by playing a physical and offensive role in what may well be his last game in an Amerks sweater. Early on in the second period, Brennan received a fighting major for jumping in to protect his teammate Zemgus Girgensons from a brutal hit from behind from Crunch knucklehead...

Sabres Season Preview Part II: Defense/Goaltending

In part two of our Sabres Season preview, QCS writers Brandon Hess and Bradley Gelber answer questions regarding Buffalo’s goaltending and defense. 1.) With a condensed schedule how important is it for Lindy Ruff to manage the starts between Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth? Brandon: We’ve seen in the past that Miller can lose his [...]The post Sabres Season Preview Part II: Defense...

Hecht agrees to one-year deal with Sabres

Veteran center Jochen Hecht has reached agreement with the Buffalo Sabres on a one-year contract, the team announced Sunday. Hecht, 35, ranks 20th in Sabres history in games played, goals and points. He has 133 goals and 198 points in 566 regular-season games with Buffalo. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Sabres, but the one-year deal is believed to be...

GARTH: Sabres Training Camp Schedule

At long last, news about Sabres training camp: The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will open its week of training camp practices at First Niagara Center to the public, beginning with a night practice and scrimmage on Monday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. For the remainder of the week, from Tuesday to Friday, practices will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday...

GARTH: Myers: Ankle Is 100%

Another day at the office for the Sabres. New faces on the ice: Tyler Myers, Reggie Sekera, , Jhonas Enroth and Adam Pardy. Deputy coaches, Jay McKee and Andrew Peters, skated the boys hard for 90 minutes. “I’m watching the legs to see that they are working hard, and they were all working hard, you can tell”, said Peters after the session. Petey said that he contacted...

GARTH: Training Camp Opens

No Jochen Hecht on the ice right now. Here are your lines: Royal Blue: Vanek-Hodgson-Pommer Green: Stafford-Ennis-Foligno White: Ott-Grigorenko-Leino Yellow: McCormick-Ellis- Scott Teal: Gerbe-Kaleta ** Gerbs looks good. He's been recovering nicely from off season back repair. *** So, who is the first person that I encountered at the first day of teh 2013...

GARTH: Grigo's Last Game In Quebec?

The Quebec Remparts have been good to Mikhail Grigorenko, and vice versa. He gave them a year and a half of world-class production, and they gave him an opportunity to earn his way into professional hockey. he was drafted 12th overall by the Sabres in the 2012 NHL entry draft. Its been a symbiotic relationship. On Friday night at Le Colisee in Quebec City, Grigo skated what may end up...
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