'Andreychuk, who is married to a Buffalonian and has maintained a residence in Western New York for almost two decades, became an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres declined to pick up his option year by the June 30 deadline.'
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'"We didn't feel we had enough veteran presence in our dressing room, and Dave Andreychuk is a consummate pro," Dudley said. "He's been able to play at a high level for so long because he prepares himself so well. He's a very influential guy in the locker room because people gravitate toward him."'
'"But if it hadn't been for Dave Andreychuk … he's such an influential guy, he took the rest of the team and accepted what we were doing and he grasped it and he dragged everybody along with him."'