Maine Hockey Journal

Sabres sign two forwards for Portland

As it was reported here on STP, the Buffalo Sabres announced today they signed forward Colin Murphy to a contract.

They also announced they signed forward Colton Fretter.

Fretter,26, split last season between Bridgeport and Chicago in the AHL, scoring 15 points (10+5) in 26 games. In 2006-07, the 5-10, 187-pound forward had 68 points (36+32) in 51 games with Gwinnett (ECHL). Fretter played his college hockey at Michigan State, picking up 112 points (43+69) in 159 games during a four-year collegiate career from 2002-06. A native of Harrow, Ont., Fretter was originally selected by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 2002 Entry Draft.

Murphy,28, spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Last season he finished with 38 points (11+27) and 152 PIMs in 68 games. The native of Fort McMurray, Alta., posted career highs in goals (20), assists (36) and points (56) during the 2006-07 season. Murphy averaged more than a point per game during four years at Michigan Tech, collecting 152 points (54+98) in 145 games from 2001-05.

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