Jochen Hecht has signed a two-year contract with Mannheim in the German Elite League.
Hecht was a member of the Buffalo Sabres last season and wanted to stay with the Sabres but with the lockout in the forefront of the action, he signed on with his hometown German city. Hecht does have an out in his contract which allows him to return to the NHL if he gets an offer. He is expected to leave for Germany from Toronto today. He is expected to play on Sunday.