Sabres sign All-Star Sanguinetti

The Buffalo Sabres, parent club of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, have signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract.

Sanguinetti, 27, spent last season as an alternate captain for the AHL’s Utica Comets, scoring a career-best 16 goals in 61 AHL games. His 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 2014-15 led all Comets defensemen and tied for ninth among all AHL blueliners, and he earned a nod as a Second Team AHL All-Star.

The Trenton, N.J., native led all AHL defensemen in 2014-15 with six game-winning goals and his team-high plus-24 rating tied for eighth in the league. During the Comets’ run to the 2015 Calder Cup Finals, Sanguinetti recorded three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 23 games, again leading all AHL defensemen.

A first-round selection (21st overall) by the New York Rangers in 2006, Sanguinetti has totaled 50 goals and 160 assists for 210 points in 338 career AHL games with Utica, Charlotte and Hartford, and has played in two AHL All-Star Classics (2010, 2015). Sanguinetti also has two goals and four assists in 45 NHL games with the Rangers and Carolina.