Sabres sign five, likely headed to AHL

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

Since going pro in 2009, the 31-year-old netminder has skated out in 137 career National Hockey League games, putting up a career.915 save percentage in games with Buffalo, Calgary, the Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders and New York Rangers. Johnson went 18-15-1 with a.910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against-average with the Flames. Johnson's deal is for one year, $2.5 million. Johnson will compete with Linus Ullmark for the backup job with the Sabres. For Griffith, it's a one-year deal worth $650,000.

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports Buffalo signs former Edmonton Oilers left winger Benoit Pouliot, who the Oilers bought out last week. In his time with the Oilers, Pouliot averaged 1.81 points and.88 goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time. All five will likely start the season with the Americans in the AHL.

The Sabres brought back Kevin Porter, signing him to a two-year, two-way deal. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal, and the second year is a one-way deal. Tennyson played in a career high 45 games for Carolina last season. Before signing with the Sharks, the defenseman played for Western Michigan University (CCHA) for three seasons, where he helped lead the team to a CCHA Tournament Championship in 2012.

The Sabres have reached an agreement to sign goalie Chad Johnson, who returns to Buffalo on a one-year contract after spending last season in Calgary.

Griffith played 21 games with the Florida Panthers last season, registering five assists.

Porter has spent much of his career in the AHL.

The Sabres signed defenseman Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract. The Detroit native has tallied 250 total points (95/155) in 357 games through seven AHL seasons. He's coming over from the Penguins organization, before being in Wilkes-Barre Scranton he played two seasons here going between Rochester and Buffalo, scoring 80 points in 98 games with the Amerks. Criscuolo had 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 76 regular-season games with the Griffins. He played in the AHL last season, recoding a.906 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.

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