The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Casey Nelson to a one-year contract worth $700K. The veteran defenseman has played his entire career in the Buffalo organization but became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month.
Nelson, 28, was an undrafted free agent signing by the Sabres in 2016 out of Minnesota State-Mankato and has been in the system ever since. He has played 93 games at the NHL level but was actually limited to AHL-only appearances in 2019-20.
Even if that’s where he will eventually end up, it’s nice for the Sabres to have a player with that much NHL experience at the ready for what will likely be a gruelling, condensed 2020-21 campaign. His familiarity with the organization and inexpensive contract will come in handy when injuries strike.