Updated: February 18, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: February 18, 2020 04:53 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Taylor Leier is officially inked with an NHL deal. The Amerks forward didn't practice on Tuesday, but he has cleared waivers and made his one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 official.
"It's been a long eight or nine months for me. I kind of just took it step by step and tried to really work my way back after a significant injury. I knew I had to put the work in and it wasn't going to be given to me, so I'm just really excited and happy that they have a belief in me. I hope to prove them right," Leier said.
"People follow him. His hard work, his daily routine, his habits - everything he does - is very professional and what every player should be doing to try to get to the NHL. We want guys to learn from him," Amerks Head Coach Chris Taylor said.
Leier has played 17 games for the Amerks this season, producing seven goals and an assist. He says whether he's on the Amerks' roster or the Sabres', he wants to be impactful.
"Feeling like you're a piece of the puzzle and part of the solution is a great feeling for a player. That's what I strive to be for any organization and any team I play for. That's my goal. I want to be on a winning team, and I want to be a key factor on a winning team," Leier said.
The Sabres suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on Monday for failure to report to the Amerks. With that, you could consider Leier's outlook a breath of fresh air.
Leier and the Amerks will be back on the ice when they host the Belleville Senators at Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday.
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