Mancari inks one-year deal with Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres, parent club of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, announced today that they have re-signed restricted free agent forward Mark Mancari to a one-year contract. The two-time AHL All-Star has led Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in scoring each of the last three seasons.

The 6-4, 225-pound Mancari recorded a career-high 74 points (28+46) in 74 games for the Portland Pirates in 2009-10. He finished eighth in league scoring and topped the Pirates in goals, assists and points. Mancari also led the Pirates with 14 power goals, and was second with a plus-16 rating.

The 25-year-old Mancari had two points (1+1) in six games during four separate recalls to Buffalo last season, giving him five points (2+3) in 16 career NHL games.

Mancari, who appeared in the 2008 and 2009 AHL All-Star Classics, is coming off four consecutive 20-plus goal seasons and has totaled 296 points (119-177-296) in 362 career AHL games for Portland and Rochester.

Mancari was originally drafted by Buffalo in 2004.