Mike Commodore was driving around Kelowna, British Columbia, on Friday when his phone rang. Five minutes later, he’d agreed to a one-year, $1-million deal with the Detroit Red Wings. His next call was to general manager Ken Holland, and then, to Wings coach Mike Babcock.
After a brilliant season in the ECHL – where Jean-Phillipe Lamoureux was named the league’s rookie of the year and goalie of the year – the 2008 Hobey Baker finalist has signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Travis Zajac blossomed into a top-flight NHL forward this past season and it soon could pay dividends. The former UND standout forward is one of the more intriguing restricted free agents who will hit the market today when the NHL’s free agency period opens.
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