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Michigan State's Corey Tropp Signs With Buffalo Sabres

Michigan State has lost its third hockey player to the NHL this offseason. A few months ago, Jeff Petry left early to sign with Edmonton and Andrew Rowe signed with the Flyers. Earlier today, Corey Tropp, the Spartans' leading scorer during the 2009-10 season, decided to leave school a year early to sign with the Buffalo Sabres.

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Michigan State junior forward Corey Tropp (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) has opted to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility, signing a three-year entry-level contact with the Buffalo Sabres. Tropp was the Spartans' top scorer a season ago, and is the third underclassman to sign a professional contract this off-season. Terms of his contract were not announced.

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Tropp is probably best remembered by hockey fans for his vicious on-ice attack of Michigan's Steve Kampfer back in 2009. Tropp was suspended for the remainder of the season but returned for the 2009-10 season and quickly became MSU's best player. He was a big part of the Spartans' early turnaround, although MSU faded down the stretch.

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Without Tropp, Rowe and Petry, it's looking like another rebuilding season is on the menu for the Spartans.