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Sabres sign goalie Michael Houser to one-year deal

The Buffalo Sabres have signed goaltender Michael Houser to a one-year, two-way contract.

Houser, 28, joined the organization in 2018-19 when he signed an AHL deal with the Rochester Americans. He has primarily manned the net for the Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Cincinnati opted out of the 2020-21 season so Houser has been on the Amerks’ roster this year.

With the Cyclones, he was named the 2018-19 ECHL Goaltender of the Year and an All-ECHL First Team selection after leading all netminders with a record of 29-7-4-1.

Last season in Cincinnati, he posted a 16-5-5 record in 26 games, ranked fifth in the ECHL among qualified goaltenders with a 2.27 goals-against average and tied for 14th in wins. He helped backstop Cincinnati to the second-lowest goals against number in the ECHL’s Western Conference in 2019-20.

He was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2011-12 and won an OHL Championship with the London Knights that season.

Due to league COVID-19 protocols affecting the Utica Comets, the Amerks’ game scheduled for tonight against Utica has been postponed. The two clubs are set to meet again on Wednesday.