According to a report from TSN, the Buffalo Sabres have added another defenseman to their roster for the upcoming 2014-2015 NHL season.
André Benoit and Buffalo Sabres agree on a 1 year deal @ 800K #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) July 23, 2014
The team has yet to confirm the report, and the contract isn’t listed on Capgeek yet, but if it is true, this adds another potential NHL blueliner to the Buffalo Sabres roster.
It essentially fills a spot that may have otherwise been taken by a rookie, which may mean someone like Rasmus Ristolainen could end up back in Rochester.
With the Benoit signing, the Sabres now have 14 defenseman under contract.
That includes several blueliners who will be in Buffalo, including Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk. Rasmus Ristolainen, as already mentioned, could be up or down; the same can arguably be said for Pysyk.
It also includes prospects Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Chad Ruhwedel and Brady Austin, as well as Tyson Strachan and Drew Bagnall, who will all likely be in the AHL, and Nikita Zadorov, who will likely be back in the OHL with the London Knights.
Benoit, 30, is a left-shooting defenseman that hails from St. Albert, Ontario. He played most recently with the Colorado Avalanche, where he had seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points in 79 regular season games.
He also had one point and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games with the Avs this year.
Benoit’s prior NHL experience includes 41 games with the Ottawa Senators between 2010 and 2013. He’s also got some AHL experience, having played with both the Hamilton Bulldogs and Binghamton Senators.
His time with the Senators in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons were played under Binghatom’s general manager at the time, none other than Tim Murray.
Benoit spent his junior career with the Kitchener Rangers from 2000 to 2005.