Sabres Sign Defenseman Dipenta

Melissa KaniaContributor IJuly 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Joe DiPenta #33 of the Anaheim Ducks mans the blueline in the third period during their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings on November 15, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Ducks defeated the Kings 6-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Ten days after the team inked Steve Montador, the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with another new defenseman. This time, though they are bringing in Joe Dipenta, who spent last season with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elite League.

Dipenta, who was drafted 61st overall by the Panthers in 1998, has played 174 games in his NHL career, just three games with Atlanta in 2002-03 and three seasons, including a Stanley Cup with Anaheim.

In addition, he has played 369 games in the AHL, which is where Sabres fans can expect him to spend most of his time. This is adding depth and providing veteran leadership and experience to a youthful Portland Pirates team.

Dipenta has previously signed contracts with Philadelphia (2000) and Vancouver (2004), but failed to play with either NHL club, spending time in the AHL instead.

Several news reports are indicating the deal is a one-year contract, though no financial details have been released.

Dipenta's official website can be reached here.