Sabres free agent roundup

After the Sabres made their biggest move of the offseason one day before free agency by trading for Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said to not expect a "big bang" on Saturday, the official start of free agency.

On Day One of free agency, Botterill kept his word. The Sabres didn't make any big splashes but did add a lot of depth, specifically to Rochester.

Here's a look every Sabres free agent signee.

Goalie Chad Johnson

Sabres brought back goaltender Chad Johnson, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

The 31-year-old Johnson returns to Buffalo after spending last season in Calgary. Johnson went 18-15-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against-average with the Flames. Johnson last played for the Sabres in the 2015-16 season.

Johnson has played for six teams over seven seasons since he was drafted in the fifth round by the Penguins in 2006 NHL Draft.

Johnson will likely backup Robin Lehner.

Forward Benoit Pouliot

The Sabres signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. The 30-year-old was recently bought out by the Edmonton Oilers.

Pouliot is an 11-year vet, who has played the last threes seasons with the Oilers.

In his career, he has 117 goals, 127 assists for 244 points in 551 career games.

Defenseman Matt Tennyson

The Sabres signed defenseman Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal, and the second year is a one-way deal.

Tennyson played a career-high 45 games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting six assists.

In 105 career games with the Hurricanes and Sharks, Tennyson has three goals, 17 assists and 20 points.

Forward Seth Griffith

The Sabres signed forward Seth Griffith to a one-year, $650,000 contract.

Griffith played for the Maple Leafs and Panthers last season, posting five assists and a plus-6 rating in 24 games. He has 16 points in 58 career NHL games.

Forward Kevin Porter

The Sabres brought back Kevin Porter, signing him to a two-year, two-way deal.

Porter played 43 games with the Sabres 2012 to 2014, totaling four goals, six assists and 10 points in 43 games with Buffalo.

Porter has spent much of his career in the AHL. In 357 AHL games, Porter has 95 goals, 155 assists from 250 points.

Forward Kyle Criscuolo

The Sabres signed forward Kyle Criscuolo to a two-year, two-way deal.

In his first AHL season, Criscuolo helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup. Criscuolo  had 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 76 regular-season games with the Griffins.

Goalie Adam Wilcox

The Sabres signed goaltender Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way contract.

Wilcox played 47 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch and the Springfield Falcons last season. Wilcox had a 25-13-7 record, a .906 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against-average.

Forward Jacob Josefson

The Sabres signed Jacob Josefson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Josefson is a former first-round pick (20th overall) by the Devils in the 2009 NHL Draft. He scored one goal and 10 points for the Devils last season. In seven seasons with the Devils, Josefson has totaled 18 goals, 42 assists and 60 points in 276 games.

He is expected to play in Rochester.

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