NHL notes: Sabres axe coach

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

Associate coach Brian McCutcheon won't be back with the Buffalo Sabres.

General manager Darcy Regier announced Thursday that McCutcheon's contract would not be renewed, ending an 11-year stint on the Sabres bench. He's been an associate coach to Lindy Ruff the last five seasons.

"This was a tough decision that we have both decided was the best one to make for the organization," Regier said. "We have not closed the doors on a different opportunity within the organization for Brian in the future. I want to thank and commend Brian on the work he has done over the past 11 years with Buffalo and previous three in Rochester."

There were no hard feelings on McCutcheon's part.

"It was a great experience working with Darcy, Lindy, James Patrick, Scott Arniel, Don Lever and all the players that I have spent time with over the years," he said. "It was a difficult decision, but I agree that at this point in my career, it is time to move on to something different. I'm looking forward to exploring different career options, including any offered by the Sabres organization."

Sabres get Pysyk

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenceman Mark Pysyk, the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft, to a three-year entry level contract.

Pysyk, a 19-year-old Edmonton native, had six goals and 34 assists in 63 games last season with his hometown Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.

"Mark is a very intelligent hockey player who has played in all situations in junior," Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said Thursday.

High note for Blue

Defenceman Roman Polak has signed a five-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong called Polak "one of the top defensive defencemen in the league."

The 25-year-old played in 55 games this past season, getting three goals, nine assists and 33 penalty minutes.

"He's one of our top penalty killers who is just reaching the prime of his career and we're happy to have him in the fold for the next five years," Armstrong said Thursday.

New Devils D

The New Jersey Devils inked Michigan Wolverines defenceman Brandon Burlon to an entry-level contract Thursday.

Burlon, a second-round draft pick of the Devils in 2008, had five goals and 13 assists as a junior with Michigan this season. The 21-year-old from Nobleton, Ont., had 13 goals and 34 assists in 116 career games with the Wolverines.

Coyotes ink Weller

Junior defenceman Justin Weller signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday.

Weller, a fourth-round pick of the Coyotes in 2009, had four goals and 13 assists in 68 games with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL this season. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder from Daysland, Alta., played four seasons with Red Deer.

Parlett on Broadway

Free agent defenceman Blake Parlett agreed to terms with the New York Rangers Thursday.

Parlett, 22, split this season between the Connecticut Whale of the AHL and Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. He had two goals and 10 assists in 24 games with Connecticut and seven goals and 25 assists in 46 games with Greenville.

Caps make deal

The Washington Capitals acquired winger Taylor Stefishen from the Nashville Predators for a conditional draft pick Thursday.

Stefishen, a fifth-round pick of the Predators in 2008, had 24 goals and 43 assists in 68 games with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL this season. The 20-year-old from North Vancouver also played two seasons with Ohio State University, recording eight goals and 13 assists in 42 games.


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