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Veteran d-man Strachan back with Buffalo, this time on AHL deal

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COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 10: Tyson Strachan #24 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Buffalo 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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Journeyman rearguard Tyson Strachan, a veteran of nearly 200 NHL contests, has signed on with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, the club announced on Wednesday.

Strachan, 31, spent the ’14-15 campaign with the Sabres, scoring five points in 46 games. He then split last year between Minnesota and AHL Iowa, appearing in just two games at the big-league level.

Given that prized RFA Rasmus Ristolainen is still without a contract, the Sabres are a bit thin on the blueline at the moment. Zach Bogosian, Dmitry Kulikov, Josh Gorges, Cody Franson, Jake McCabe and Justin Falk are the “top six” with Ristolainen out, while guys like Brendan Guhle and Taylor Fedun could also be in the mix.

As such, Strachan could parlay his AHL deal into something with the Sabres. He’s certainly got enough experience to merit a look.

An Ohio State product, Strachan has bounced around the league -- in addition to Buffalo and Minnesota, he’s also had stops in St. Louis, Florida and Washington.