Another day, another Buffalo Sabres roster update.
This time, it’s in regards to right winger Matt D’Agostini.
Matt D’Agostini, 27, has signed a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette HC in National League A in Switzerland, according to the team’s website.
The Sault Ste. Marie native started last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh but appeared in just eight games before they put him on waivers.
The Sabres claimed him around Thanksgiving time, and he spent the rest of the season in Buffalo.
Matt D’Agostini appeared in 49 games with the Sabres. In that stretch, he had five goals and six assists for 11 points. He had 22 penalty minutes and was a minus-14 on the season
He became a free agent on July 1 and was unable to sign a contract with an NHL team, electing to play overseas instead and signing with Geneve-Servette this week.
Matt D’Agostini was originally a 2005 draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to the Sabres, Habs and Penguins, he also played with the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils.
He has 331 games of NHL experience and notched 108 points in that time.
Prior to his time in the NHL, Matt D’Agostini played two years with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League.
Matt D’Agostini will join a few other former NHLers on the Geneve-Servette roster, including goaltender Robert Mayer (Montreal Canadiens), former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger, and former Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Alexandre Picard.
While I didn’t expect the Buffalo Sabres to sign D’Agostini, I didn’t think he’d end up playing overseas in Europe, but it seems to be getting more and more difficult for players like him to find contracts here in the NHL. Less than stellar point production and Buffalo obviously wasn’t the best place for him, his signing overseas now guarantees another open spot in the Sabres lineup.
As the summer continues, keep looking for more Buffalo Sabres roster moves and updates.