Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed forward Mark Mancari to a one-year deal. The forward has been assigned to the Portland Pirates, the team's American Hockey League affiliate, pending waivers.
Mancari (7/11/1985, 6’3”, 225 lbs.) led the Pirates in scoring last season with 67 points (29+38) in 73 games. He was Buffalo’s seventh-round choice (207th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.
Regier also announced that Jeff Cowan (F) and Joe DiPenta (D) have been assigned to Portland pending waivers. Jhonas Enroth (G), Philip Gogulla (F), Marc-Andre Gragnani (D) and Felix Schutz (F) were also assigned to Portland.
Enroth, Schutz and Gragnani all return to Portland for their second season with the Pirates.
Enroth was superb in his rookie AHL season posting a 26-23-6 record to go along with a 2.75 goals against average and a .910 save percentage; Gragnani finished tied for fifth in AHL scoring among defenseman last season with nine goals and 42 assists for 51 points in 59 games and Schutz completed his rookie AHL season seventh in Pirates scoring with 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 78 games.
Gogulla will be entering his first AHL season. The 22 year-old from Dusseldorf, Germany was selected 48th overall by the Sabres in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Last season with Cologne he collected 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points in 48 games.
The Pirates continue exhibition action tomorrow (Sunday) when they travel to Berlin, NH for a matinee contest against the Manchester Monarchs. The 2 p.m. game will be played at the Notre Dame Arena.
Portland completes the pre-season on Wednesday (September 30th) when the University of New Brunswick Reds visit the Portland Ice Arena for a 7 p.m. start. All ages, general admission tickets are only $7 and are available at the Pirates Office (located at 94 Free Street in Portland), by calling (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or by visiting https://www.formspring.com/forms/Pirates-Exhibition_games. Tickets can also be purchased at the door using cash only.
The Pirates open the 2009-2010 American Hockey League regular season with a pair of road games. Saturday, October 3rd the Pirates will be in Springfield to meet the Falcons followed by a Friday, October 9th game against the River Rats in Albany. Both games can be heard live on Atlantic Coast Radio's WLOB 95.5FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
The Pirates 2009-2010 home opener will take place on Saturday, October 10th when the Providence Bruins visit the CCCC for a 7 p.m. start. Tickets for the home opener, as well as all other Pirates home games at the CCCC, are now on sale by calling (207) 775-3458, visiting the CCCC Box Office or on-line at portlandpirates.com.
Courtesy Portland Pirates