Hecht signed a two-year deal this past week with Adler Mannheim, his hometown team. He joins Sabres captain Jason Pominville on the team; Pommer signed earlier this fall to play in Germany until the lockout is over.
Hecht probably won't make the return trip with Pominville, though. Hecht missed most of last season with a concussion and received no interest after his four-year, $14.1 million contract expired after the 2011-12 season. His contract with the team does have an out clause should an NHL team want to sign him after the lockout ends.
Hecht had been part of a group – along with Pominville – that practiced in suburban Amherst at the start of the lockout. He told the Mannheim team website he's feeling no lingering effects from his concussion and is in great shape:
"I felt great during the preparation and was in top shape," he said, with his German turned into English via Google Translate. "The long break has also done well as the knees and wrists very well. That was one of the few positive side effects of the long break."
Hecht scored four goals and four assists in 22 games for Buffalo in 2011-12. He spent nine years total in Buffalo and 13 in the NHL, logging 181 goals and 268 assists in 786 games. His first game for Mannheim is Sunday night. His family will remain in the Buffalo area for the time being.
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