BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We’re keeping track of NHL Free Agency as the Buffalo Sabres try to make additions to the roster under new GM Jason Botterill.
Here’s the latest:
12:00 ET – Former Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson signs with the Vancouver Canucks.
12:05 ET – Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports Buffalo signs former Edmonton Oilers left winger Benoit Pouliot, who the Oilers bought out last week. The deal is for one year, $1.15 million. Would add needed depth to the left wing position.
12:32 ET – The Sabres announce the signing of goaltender Chad Johnson, who will serve as Robin Lehner’s backup (assuming the Sabres don’t run into trouble signing Lehner, who is an RFA). Johnson’s deal is for one year, $2.5 million. In his one year in Buffalo, Johnson had a .920 save percentage.
12:45 ET – The Sabres announce the Pouliot signing. A former NHL lottery pick, Pouliot is a skilled forward who can help on the second power play and could be in store for a bounce-back season after a poor year in Edmonton. If he doesn’t bounce back, it’s a low-risk signing for Buffalo.
If these were supposed to be considered ‘depth signings,’ well, let’s go deeper into the abyss…
1:40 ET – The Sabres announce the signing of D Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract. The first year is a two-way deal, the second year is one-way. Tennyson played in a career high 45 games for Carolina last season.
1:50 ET – The Sabres announce the signing of F Seth Griffith to a one-year, $650,000 contract. Griffith last played for the Florida Panthers, where he put up 5 assists and no goals in 21 games. Griffith is 24 years old.
2:00 ET – The Sabres announce the signings of F Kevin Porter and F Kyle Criscuolo to two-year, two-way deals. Botterill certainly loading up Rochester as best he can.
2:10 ET – The Sabres announce the signing of G Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way deal. He played in the AHL last season, recoding a .906 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.