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By dengdai on Apr 02, 2014 07:56 AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills are out of the free-agent cornerback market after agreeing to a three-year contract to re-sign veteran Drayton Florence. Both Florence and a person familiar with talks confirmed the agreement on Thursday, a day after the player had posted a note announcing the deal on his Twitter account. "Its official Im back buffalo see ya at fisher!!!!," Florence had tweeted, referring to St. John Fisher College, the Bills training camp facility. Players are scheduled to report for camp on Friday. Florence then proceeded to discuss his return on Buffalos WGR Radio Thursday morning, saying hes excited to be back. "Things happened faster than we had thought they would," Florence told the station, referring to how quickly negotiations developed. "The Bills stepped up and got the deal done and Im ready to go." The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, and added that the Bills are now out of the cornerback market. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal. Under NFL rules applying to all free agents, Florence will not be able to sign his contract until Friday evening. Florence is an eight-year NFL veteran who completed his second season in Buffalo last year. He had 58 tackles but no interceptions in 16 starts last year, while proving to be the Bills most dependable cornerback. His return solidifies the Bills cornerback position, which features returning veterans Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin. The Bills also bolstered the position by selecting Aaron Williams out of Texas in the second round of the draft in April. The Bills also announced they have signed rookie seventh-round pick, hulking defensive tackle Michael Jasper. Drafted 245th overall out of Bethel University in Tennessee, Jasper is listed at 6-foot-4 and 385 pounds. Though he played offensive guard in college, the Bills are planning to convert him into a defensive tackle. Jasper is the first of Buffalos nine rookie draft picks to sign. http://www.nikefreerun3portugal.eu/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have placed Alex Carrington on season-ending injured reserve after the starting defensive end tore his left quadriceps. http://www.nikefreerun3portugal.eu/Nike-free-run+-3-kj-94.html . -- Kent Austin knew the question was coming. NASHVILLE -- After consecutive strong games, Ondrej Pavelec has the Winnipeg Jets in the chase for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Pavalec made 39 saves in a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and coach Paul Maurice knows his goalie has been on a hot streak. "Hes played the same way, believe it or not, prior to. Hes had a big stretch of really good games, and every once in a while, hell play a game like he did (Saturday)," Maurice said. "Clearly he made some great saves, but I also thought we were pretty good clearing it out." Pavalec had 34 saves in the Jets previous game, a 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Thursday. The Jets, ranked sixth in the NHL in penalty kills coming into the game, didnt allow a goal on six Nashville power plays. One of the Predators strengths has been converting man-advantage chances. Entering the game, they were fifth in the league, but Pavelec stopped Nashville on each power play. "Yeah, we didnt have any interest in playing with that fire," Maurice said. "Well take a look at the ones we did give, and we have penalties that we have to avoid taking. Then we also have to recognize our penalty kills are pretty darn good." Simon Moser scored his first NHL goal for Nashville. He also scored in the Sochi Olympics playing for Switzerland. "That was then, at the Olympics, and now is now," Moser said. "I just try to do my best and keep going that way." The Jets improved 11-3-1 since hiring Maurice as coach. Olli Jokinen put the Jets on the board at 5:02 of the second period when he beat Nashville goalie Carter Hutton with a wrist shot for his 14th of the season. Jacob Trouba and Evander Kane assisted on the play when Winnipeg took advantage of a bad Nashville line change. Trouba collected the puck in his own end and fired a long pass to Jokinen on the left side. Andrew p;Ladd put the Jets up 2-0 at 18:18 of the second period when he tipped in a Zach Bogosian slap shot for his 15th of the season.dddddddddddd. "We are picking our spots and have some great goaltending," Ladd said. Moser brought the Predators within one, but Devin Setoguchi put the game away when he tapped in a rebound off a Blake Wheeler miss with his 11th of the season at 16:08. With the loss, the Predators missed a chance to tie the Jets in the standings. Winnipeg has 66 points, while Nashville remains in 12th place with 62 points. "I thought we had a lot going on, created a lot of opportunities, and drew penalties because we were on the puck and creating chances," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I have to give Winnipeg credit, they had full commitment from everybody and they got a couple huge saves." This was the final matchup of the season for the two teams. Nashville won the series 3-2. With the Jets up 2-1 and the Predators with momentum, Pavelec came up with a huge save with about five minutes left when he stopped Mike Fishers shot on a 2-on-1 charge to the net. Scoring chances havent been hard to come by for Nashville. The Predators outshot Tampa Bay 21-7 in the final two periods of their game on Thursday, a 3-2 win. On Saturday, the Predators took the first 10 shots of the game before the Jets could muster a chance at the net. "Theres going to be games where you feel like you get your heart ripped out of your chest and you just have to forget about what happened," Trotz said. "We played a really good hockey game, but we didnt win it." Notes: This was the 100th game of Nashvilles Rich Clunes NHL career. ... In 10 matchups against the team formerly known as the Thrashers, Nashville is 7-3-0 on home ice since the 1999-2000 season. ... The win ended a four-game road losing streak in Nashville for Winnipeg. ' ' '
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