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Sabres sign Casey Nelson to two-year extension

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Casey Nelson #34 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Sabres defeated the Islanders 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres might be bummed that “big fish” Steven Stamkos is sticking with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that didn’t stop them from working on Wednesday.

They signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year extension, keeping the blueliner from becoming an RFA.

Buffalo didn’t provide official terms for the contract, but it should be worth $650K per season, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. That makes it worth $1.3 million overall.

Nelson generated four assists in seven games with the Sabres in 2015-16 after wrapping up his NCAA career with Minnesota State Mankato.

The Sabres are being proactive when it comes to building up their defense before free agency even begins, as they also made a move to bring in Dmitry Kulikov.