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Sabres' Pilut headed for Russia

Sabres defensive prospect Lawrence Pilut has signed with a team in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Credit: AP
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut (24) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y., (AP) - Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday, and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing a regular role over the past two years in Buffalo. The 24-year-old Pilut completed his two-year contract with the Sabre and was eligible to become a restricted free agent. The Sabres hold the option to retain Pilut's NHL rights over the next three seasons by issuing him a qualifying offer.