BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, two days after the 30-year-old had the remainder of his contract bought out by the Edmonton Oilers.
Pouliot has 11 seasons of NHL experience, including the past three with the Oilers, where he combined for 41 goals and 84 points in 180 games. Overall, he has 117 goals, 127 assists for 244 points in 551 career games, and provides third- and fourth-line depth to a Sabres team under newly hired general manager Jason Botterill.
Pouliot's signing comes a day after the Sabres acquired former captain Jason Pominville in a trade with Minnesota.
The two veteran additions at forward make it less likely Buffalo will re-sign Brian Gionta. An unrestricted free agent, Gionta expressed interest in returning to the Sabres.