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July 17, 2012

Sabres ink tough guy Tarnasky, re-sign Brennan

BUFFALO — The Sabres have added more grit to their arsenal, inking veteran NHL forward Nick Tarnasky to a one-year contract.

The team also re-signed defenseman T.J. Brennan, who played his first 11 NHL games last season, to a one-year deal Tuesday.

Both could be ticketed for Rochester. The 23-year-old Brennan must clear waivers before going to the AHL.

Tarnasky, a veteran of 245 contests over parts of five seasons with Tampa Bay, Nashville and Florida, played last year with Chekhov Vityaz, a KHL team in Russia.

The 27-year-old has 13 goals, 30 points, a minus-30 rating and 297 penalty minutes in his big league career, including 38 fighting majors, according to

Tarnasky, 6-foot-2 and 224 pounds, spent 2010-11 in the AHL and ECHL before going overseas. He played five games with Rochester during a rehab stint three years ago. He had four goals, 11 points and 173 penalty minutes in 36 games last season.

Meanwhile, Brennan must crack a stacked blue line. The Sabres have 11 defensemen who played in the NHL last season.

Brennan, who had 16 goals and 30 points in 52 AHL games last year, could be fighting with Brayden McNabb, newcomer Adam Pardy and Mike Weber for the seventh spot.

General manager Darcy Regier recently said the Sabres would “pencil” McNabb in to start in the minors, however.

If the Sabres try to send Brennan, the 31st pick in 2007, to the Americans, he could get claimed. The New Jersey native has 37 goals and 92 points in 183 AHL games.

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