Friday, July 4, 2008

Sabres acquire Craig Rivet

The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.

Rivet will help the Sabres replace Dmitri Kalinin, who signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

In 2007-08, Rivet scored five goals and 30 assists in 74 regular season games. The assists and 35 points were career highs. He also had six assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Rivet was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 68th pick of the 1992 Entry Draft. Rivet was traded to San Jose on Feb. 25, 2007 along with a fifth-round pick in 2008 in exchange for defenseman Josh Gorges and a 2007 first-round pick.

For his career, Rivet has scored 45 goals and 149 assists in 744 regular-season games.

Darc redeems himself, a bit. I still think they could have gotten Rivet and kept Bernier, we'll see. He is signed to a 3 year $10.5 million contract also. The contract is solid, and evidently this dude is a less physical more fleet foot version of Jason Smith. And from reading message board Sharks fans, if there really are any, aren't too happy about this salary dump by the fish.

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