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Sabres sign Portland captain Bouck

The Buffalo Sabres, parent club of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, have signed unrestricted free-agent forward Tyler Bouck.

Bouck captained the Pirates last season, picking up 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 79 games. His 11 goals matched his career high set in 2003-04. Bouck also added two assists in 13 playoff games as Portland reached the Eastern Conference finals.

A 28-year-old native of Camrose, Alta., Bouck has compiled 38 goals and 70 assists for 108 points in 277 career AHL games with Portland, Manitoba and Springfield. He also has 12 points (4g, 8a) in 91 career NHL games with Dallas, Phoenix and Vancouver.

Bouck was originally selected in the second round (57th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey with the Prince George Cougars (WHL), and was also a member of Team Canada at the 1999 and 2000 World Junior Championships, serving as an assistant captain on the 2000 team that took home a bronze medal.