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Sabres sign defenseman Casey Nelson to contract extension

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract extension.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract extension.

Nelson made his NHL debut in March last season after signing a one-year deal with Buffalo shortly after completing his college career at Minnesota State. He had four assists in seven games with the Sabres.

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He will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Sabres roster this season.

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In college, the 6-foot-2, 183-pound Nelson was the WCHA's defensive player of the year last season. Overall, the Wisconsin native had 14 goals and 46 assists for 60 points in 99 career college games.