The Sabres signed Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million on July 14th.
Since breaking into the NHL in 2011-12, Foligno has seen his point-production rise a little bit in each season, reaching 23 points (10G / 13A) in 75 games last year. Still not great production from the 24-year-old, but another one-year deal should motivate him for more in 2016-17.
The Sabres acquired Anders Nilsson from the Blues for a 2017 5th round pick; sign him for one-year, $1million.
Nilsson was 2-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .935 SV% in two AHL starts last season, but didn’t have the same success at the NHL level, going 10-13-2 with a 3.12 GAA and .901 SV% with the Blues and Oilers. Nilsson has a career .900 SV% and will likely serve as Robin Lehner’s backup in 2016-17.
The Sabres signed Justin Falk to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Falk, 27, has been a fringe NHLer for his entire career. The 6-foot-5, 224 lbs. defenseman split his 2015-16 season between Columbus and Lake Erie (AHL). He had four assists in 24 games with the Blue Jackets and nine points (2G / 7A) in 32 games with the Monsters. He will likely once again start the year in the AHL, but will be the first or second defenseman to get the call-up to the Sabres.
The Sabres have signed Kyle Okposo to a seven-year contract worth $42 million ($6.0M AAV).
Okposo spent the first nine years of his NHL career with the Islanders, who drafted him seventh overall in 2006. The 28-year-old winger had 64 points (22G / 42A) in 79 games last season. His 42-assists tied a career-high, but 22 goals was five short of his career-best of 27 in 2013-14. He brings some experience to an otherwise young top-6 in Buffalo that features Jack Eichel, 19, Sam Reinhart, 20 and Ryan O’Reilly, 25.
The Sabres have acquired the rights to Jimmy Vesey from the Predators for a 2016 third round pick.
Vesey, 23, won the Hobey Baker Award this year and refused to sign with Nashville, who drafted the forward in 2012. He had 24 goals and 22 assists (46 points) with Harvard University to be the top player in college hockey. If he doesn’t sign with the Sabres before July 1st, he will become a free agent.
Schneider, 25, was an undrafted free agent that was acquired in an AHL trade with Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-1 right winger has registered 12 points (3G / 9A) in 15 games with Rochester since the trade and has 20 goals and 34 assists (54 points) in 69 AHL games between Rochester and Binghamton.