BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres kicked off the free agency frenzy on Tuesday by making a trade.
The Sabres first move was acquiring defenseman Josh Gorges from the Montreal Canadians for a 2nd round draft pick in 2016.
Gorges, 29, has played in 560 NHL games, scoring 14 goals and 84 assists. He is a +36 in his NHL career.
The Sabres then signed Canadiens' forward Brian Gionta, a free agent, to a three-year deal worth an average of $4.25 million per year.
Gionta, a Rochester, NY native, served as the Canadiens' captain. Gionta scored 485 points in 776 NHL games.
The Sabres are also bringing back Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick, free agents from the Minnesota Wild. The Sabres traded both forwards to Minnesota in March for Torrey Mitchell and two draft picks. One of those draft picks was sent to Montreal in exchange for Gorges.
The Sabres' also resigned restricted free agent Marcus Foligno to a 2-year contract.
The team also announced late in the day that it had signed Andrej Mezaros to a one-year deal. He scored 22 points in 50 games with the Bruins and Flyers last season.