The Sabres signed Andre Benoit to a one-year contract at $800K.
Benoit, 30, had seven goals and 21 assists (28 points) in 79 games in his first full NHL season with the Avalanche last season. He joins a crowded, young D corp in Buffalo where he will serve as their sixth or seventh defenseman.
The Sabres signed Tyler Ennis to a five-year extension worth $23 million.
Ennis, 24, had 21 goals and 22 assists (43 points) in 80 games with the Sabres last season. His 43 points were good for second on the team, but was somewhat of a down year after a strong season in lockout shortened year. The Sabres have beefed up their lineup this offseason, which should help the likes of Ennis and Cody Hodgson in 2014-15.
The Sabres signed Cody McCormick to a three-year, $4.5 million dollar deal.
McCormick returns to Buffalo for his fifth season with the Sabres after finishing the 2013-14 season with 14 games as a member of the Minnesota Wild. McCormick was a part of the trade that sent Matt Moulson to the Wild, but now they are both back with the Sabres for the next few years.
The Sabres have signed Andrej Meszaros to a one-year, $4.125 million deal.
Meszaros had seven goals and 15 assists (22 points) in 52 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins last season. Meszaros should slide in and replace some of the offence the Sabres are losing with the departure of Christian Ehrhoff.
The Sabres have signed Marcus Foligno to a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
Foligno signs a very cap-managable contract to stay in Buffalo a year after scoring seven goals with 12 assists (19 points) in 74 games last year. The 22-year-old has all the tools to be a good NHL player and the additions the Sabres made yesterday should help Foligno continue to grow.
The Sabres have signed Matt Moulson to a five-year deal worth $25 million.
In 44 games with the Sabres last season, Moulson scored 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points). It was a tough year for the 30-year-old, who played for three different teams. He heads back to Buffalo after clearly enjoying his short stay with the NHL's worst teams last year.
The Sabres have signed Brian Gionta to a three-year deal worth $12.75 million.
Gionta, 35, will very likely be handed the C after signing a three-year deal with the Sabres this afternoon. He had 18 goals and 22 assists (40 points) in 81 games with the Canadiens last season. He will be comfortably in the Sabres top-6 and should be able to top the 40 point plateau.
The Canadiens have traded Josh Gorges to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2016 second round pick.
Gorges, 29, had 14 points (1G / 13A) in 66 games with the Canadiens this season. He turned down the opportunity to get traded to the Maple Leafs earlier in the week, but now heads to the Sabres, who were the NHL's worst teams last season. He will step into a leadership role on a young Sabres team.
Moulson (lower-body) will not play in game 4 on Friday.
Moulson will miss at least Game 4 with a lower-body injury that coach Mike Yeo said the veteran has been battling through for a while. It may explain why Moulson, acquired to add goal-scoring pop in the playoffs, has been so ineffective this series (one assist) and has only one goal in 10 playoff games.
Moulson looks like a healthy scratch in game 4 on Friday.
The Wild will be getting Matt Cooke back from suspension for game 4 and it looks like the struggling Moulson will be the player to take a seat. Moulson played a season-low 9:36 TOI in the game 3 win on Tuesday.
Moulson will be bumped to the third line to play with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
The Wild have not seen the offensive production they were expecting out of Moulson when they acquired him from Buffalo at the trade deadline. He had 13 points (6G / 7A) in 20 games in the regular season, but has registered just one goal and one assist in nine postseason games. Nino Niederreiter will take his spot on the top-line with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle.
Knapp stopped six of seven shots after replacing Matt Hackett in yesterday's loss to the Bruins. Today he will make his first NHL starts against the Islanders. Knapp starts the season in the ECHL, but has made the quick leap to the NHL with the ridiculous amount of goalie injuries in Buffalo this season.
Hackett left the game Saturday against the Boston Bruins on a stretcher after a third-period collision with Torey Krug in the crease.
Hackett, 24, was scheduled to travel back to Buffalo with the team. "It doesn’t look good right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "We're going to wrap him up as best as we can and get him back home, get our doctors to look at him, but it doesn't look too good right now."After a delay of about seven minutes, Hackett was replaced by Connor Knapp, who made his NHL debut.
Hackett stopped 28 of 30 shots in a loss to the Rangers on Thursday. He has gone 1-5-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .912 SV% since being recalled, which really is not that bad when you look at this Sabres' roster. Unless the Bruins rest everyone and recall the Providence Bruins to play today, don't start Hackett.