Catenacci earned a new contract with the Rangers after tallying nine points in 19 outings with AHL Hartford, TSN reports. Catenacci was brought in via trade last season in a minor-league swap. The center managed just five goals and eight helpers in 50 contests with AHL Rochester, but seems to have hit his stride with the Wolf Pack. Odds are the 24-year-old will spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors, but could get the occasional call-up due to injury.
Catenacci was traded to the Rangers from the Sabres on Tuesday in exchange for fellow minor leaguer Mat Brodie. Catenacci makes his way over to a new club for the first time in his career after being drafted by Buffalo in 2011. The 23-year-old forward has played in 50 games for AHL Rochester this season, putting up marginal offensive stats -- five goals and eight assists. He's not likely to be one of the first call-ups for the Rangers, but even if he is, don't expect him to snag a top-six role anytime soon.
Catenacci signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Sabres on Friday, the Olean Times Herald reports. The deal is worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 in the AHL. Catenacci lacks size, but the guy can fly down the ice and sees the ice well. He failed to impress in 11 games with the Sabres last season, having gone pointless in 11 games with a minus-2 rating, though he did tack on 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 50 matches with AHL Rochester. The 23-year-old seemingly needs more polish, and the two-way aspect of his contract will allow him to bide his time in the minors at a lower cost to the Sabres organization.
The Sabres have assigned Catenacci to AHL Rochester. Catenacci, who saw 8:56 worth of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Leafs, has yet to record a point in 11 games with the Sabres this season.The 23-year-old forward was up with the big club for Saturday's contest with Jack Eichel out with the flu.
Catenacci was called up from AHL Rochester on Saturday. Catenacci will get another opportunity to notch his first NHL goal when he faces off with Toronto. The 23-year-old has been fantastic in the minors this season, where he has racked up 54 points in 59 contests. The winger was brought in to replace Jack Eichel (illness) who is out with the flu.
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