Maine Hockey Journal

Sabres sign a pair of players

Portland, ME – On Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with center Cody McCormick worth $550,000.

McCormick, 26, had spent his entire career with the Colorado Avalanche organization, who drafted him in the fifth round (144 overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In 190 NHL games with the Avalanche, he’s scored nine goals, 21 assists for 30 points and amassed 250 penalty minutes.

CMcCormick - 115x175The London, Ontario native will be given an opportunity to make the Sabres roster out of camp, but he would be a solid addition for the Pirates lineup – a lineup that lacks size with the likes Nathan Gerbe, Paul Byron and Tyler Ennis – with players under six-feet tall.

The Sabres also signed goaltender JP Lamoureux to a one-year contract after he had a good showing in Buffalo’s development camp.

Lamoureux spent last season with the Alaska Aces where he led them to the Kelly Cup Finals. He led all ECHL goalies with a regular season record of 33-16-2, setting an ECHL record for shutouts with eight.

In the ECHL playoffs, he won a league-leading 15 games and established a 1.95 goals-against average.

A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, he played four years of college hockey at the University of North Dakota, including a senior season that saw him being named as a Hobey Baker Award Finalist, while leading the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Lamoureux finished his collegiate career at UND with a record of 60-38-10, and currently is second all-time in school history with a 2.14 GAA, .920 save percentage and 10 shutouts.

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