Sabres, Hecht agree to four-year, $14.1M extension

10/16/2007 - NHL Jochen Hecht Buffalo Sabres + more

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres forward Jochen Hecht agreed to a
four-year, $14.1 million contract extension on Tuesday that will
keep him in Buffalo through the 2011-12 season.

Hecht, who will make $2.3 million this season, was set to become
an unrestricted free agent after this season. He'll make $3.8 million in the first two years of his extension, followed by $3.5
million and $3 million in the final two.

The 30-year-old Hecht is in his fifth season with the Sabres
and has two goals and four points in five games this season. He was also named captain for the month of October, as the team is
rotating the captaincy on a monthly basis after losing co-captains
Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to free agency.

Hecht is coming off a season with a career-high 56 points in 76
games. Overall, he has 112 goals and 298 points in 478 games with Buffalo, St. Louis and Edmonton.

The Sabres acquired Hecht from the Oilers in June 2002 in
exchange for two second-round picks in the 2002 draft. He was
originally selected by the Blues in the second round of the 1995