Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) The Buffalo Sabres were very active on the first day of NHL Free Agency.
In their first move of the day, the Sabres acquired defenseman Josh Gorges in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. In exchange, the Sabres gave up a second-round pick in the 2016 draft in a deal made Tuesday shortly after the start of the NHL's free-agency period.
Gorges is a nine-year NHL veteran, who spent the past seven-plus seasons in Montreal. He's a dependable blue liner, whom the Sabres targeted to help groom their young crop of defenseman. Gorges had a goal and 13 assists in 66 games last season, and has 14 goals and 84 assists in 560 games.
The Sabres then signed Brian Gionta to a 3 year deal worth $12.75 million. Gionta, a native of Rochester, has served as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens since 2010. Sabres GM Tim Murray had made numerous comments over the past weeks about bringing in veteran leadership to help guide some of Buffalo's younger players.
It wasn't all about new faces though, some former Sabres chose to come back to Buffalo. The team signed Matt Moulson to a five year, $25 Million contract, and Cody McCormick to a three-year deal.
Buffalo also re-signed Restricted Free Agent Marcus Foligno to a two-year contract. Foligno has appeared in 135 career games over three seasons for the Sabres, recording 50 points.
Andrej Meszaros has signed a one year deal with Boston worth $4 million.
Former Sabres were on the move across the NHL. Christian Ehrhoff signed a one year deal in Pittsburgh, Thomas Vanek signed for three years in Minnesota, and Ryan Miller signed with the Vancouver Canucks.