Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Darche to Buffalo / New ECHL Affiliation

From TSN:The Buffalo Sabres signed left wing Mathieu Darche on Thursday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Darche, 31, played in 73 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, posting career highs with seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. Prior to last season, Darche had notched just a goal and an assist in 28 games over parts of four seasons with Columbus, Nashville and San Jose. ................................The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL, it was announced today by Lightning vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton. Augusta will serve as the Lightning’s primary ECHL affiliate starting with the 2008-09 season. Norfolk Admirals general manager Mike Butters, Augusta general manager Dan Troutman and owners Jan and Robert Burch made the announcement at a 1 p.m. news conference today in Augusta. The Lightning organization will provide the Lynx with players under and AHL contracts. Tampa Bay will also play a role in selecting the coaching staff.“We are extremely pleased to welcome the Augusta Lynx to the Lightning organization,” Lawton said. “The Lynx and their management team are committed to success and it shows by them making the playoffs in six of their 10 seasons in operation. We feel that due to the organization’s desire to win, and because of its proximity to Tampa and our AHL affiliate in Norfolk, there really is not a better option for us in the ECHL. We look forward to our prospects playing an important role in bringing the Kelly Cup to Augusta.”Source

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