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Sabres sign d-man Benoit — one year, $800,000

Jul 23, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year, $800,000 contract, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.

Benoit played 79 games for Colorado last season, scoring seven goals with 21 assists while logging 20:13 of ice time per contest. The undrafted 30-year-old has skated in 120 NHL games with the Avalanche and Senators, plus a whole bunch more in the AHL and in Europe.

In Buffalo, Benoit will join newcomers Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros on a Sabres blue line that struggled both defensively and offensively last season, and also one that no longer has Christian Ehrhoff.

Expect Benoit to get time on the power play. In Colorado, he averaged 2:26 per game with the man advantage, scoring once with seven assists.

  1. reeggss - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Dear lord please tell me this means the end of the human turnover Mike Weber

    • leninthebuff - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

      Granted Weber had a terrible start last season but over the last 29 games he was only a minus one so he did pick up his play considerably the last third of the season…

    • billsfanaddict - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      you mean tank commander

  2. avscup - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Had a good year for Avs.

    Good signing for a puck moving D man.

  3. donnersr - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Reeggs ..I totally agree with you. Ott got a contract somewhere else.
    Mike has more loses in the last 3 yrs. than anyone else. Though he does make the best snow angels in front of the goalies. Ask Enroth as the only shutout of the year, disappeared.

  4. cantescapekarma - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I like this signing. Welcome to Buffalo Benoit!

    I am guessing that this means that Nikita Zadorov is headed back to Juniors for one more season. Which is probably a smart move seeing as many seemed to think that he was not quite ready yet & still playing a bit “young” at the rookie camp (getting caught out of position trying to make the big hits at wrong times etc). As much as I’d like to see him in Buffalo next year, it’s much more important that he is developed correctly.

  5. bricevjohnson - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    He was alright offensively with the Avs, but I couldn’t stand his defensive gap control. He’ll play the middle on a 2 on 1, then slide stomach-first so far towards the player without the puck that the attacker possessing the puck is on a virtual breakaway. If you’re going to take yourself out of the play, at least keep upright and completely remove the pass option for the goaltender’s sake.

    He will not be missed.

  6. flyerguy73 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Poor guy coming to buffalo. I wouldn’t wish that on any hockey player. That sucks for him. Buffalo is the joke of the NHL. But the owner said there will be a Stanley cup there! Btw I just saw Bigfoot driving a car in town. What an idiot.

    • binghamtonsabrefan - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      That’s pretty funny coming from a Crier fan. Nothing else better to do then trolling other team’s feeds. Bwahahahahaha!

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Another stupid comment from (surprise) a Flyer fan. I’ve lived in Philly so I know your fans and your team. I decided to come to Buffalo instead.

      Here we have a good coach, a promising GM, an excellent owner with a state of the art facility, and the best fans in the league. Benoit chose to come here, as did Moulson, McCormick, and others. Many players stay in Buffalo after retirement. Scotty Bowman still lives here. Ott wanted to return as well.

      Buffalo is the best hockey city in the U.S. The TV ratings prove that every year.

      Perhaps you should get your head out of your ass before posting again.

      • petersteelewannabe - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        As a Flyer fan living near Buffalo I can say that is a stupid comment by Flyerguy73. The fact that the Sabre fans were at 97% capacity and had huge TV numbers during the playoffs (watching teams other than Buffalo) in 2013-14 as well the amount of NHL retirees that live in Buffalo is a fact. I’d like to think Flyer fans would applaud loyalty and the fact that Sabre fans are obviously NOT bandwagoners the same way we point out that franchise in western PA that doesn’t have that history of devotion through bad times.

    • bricevjohnson - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      “Buffalo is the joke of the NHL”.

      I think that you’ve confused Buffalo with Edmonton.

    • mhmroch - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Flyers fans . . . . its not worth the effort. Besides, you have to use really small words so they can understand.

    • leninthebuff - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      yuk yuk yuk speaking of idiots…you climb to the head of the class or should I say classless

      BTW…it was his choice to sign here

  7. djshnooks - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    If he was in Ottawa, Murray knows him well.

  8. flyerguy73 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    You guys just keep rooting for them losers. When was the last time they were in the playoffs? Stupid fans wasting time and money on a bush league team. Keep it up you guys are doing great! Bunch of idiots.

  9. flyerguy73 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    And bull winkle88. You are the joke, not me. Who in their right mind would even want to move to buffalo? Nothing there, and sports teams suck. Have fun with that though. You will be moving within a few years anyways, when you find out what a sink hole buffalo really is. Take care.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      You’ve never lived here, so how foolish is your ridiculous comment? I’ve sampled both cities and the quality of life is better here. Not that you’d understand – you still have your head up your ass.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Come to think of it, maybe that’s why you prefer Philly! LOL!!!

  10. zinger99 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    So Buffalo is the best hockey city because of TV ratings and 97% attendance? It’s still Buffalo! Even on a sunny
    day,it’s still Buffalo! Well,hopefully New York,Boston,Chicago and others can pull themselves up to the level of Buffalo! No,I wouldn’t play in New York! Have you seen their TV ratings! Attendance and TV ratings! The Buffalo fans really beat their chests over that,don’t they? Doesn’t change the fact that for the majority of their existence they’ve been nothing more than a glorified minor league team! Montreal has their Stanley Cups. In Buffalo-TV ratings!!!!!

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Not that you’re worth responding to, but this sentence: “the majority of their existence they’ve been nothing more than a glorified minor league team!” shows that you don’t know NHL hockey. Did you just begin following the league last year? Your ignorance seems to indicate that that is the case.

      Look son, review the Buffalo’s NHL history before opening up your mouth again and demonstrating to everyone that you are indeed, a fool.

  11. mz1394 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    The absolute dumbest comments come from sabres fans. Remember these are the same idiots who talked about multiple cups after signing a bunch of jokers lmmfao #hockeyjokeheaven

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      To be accurate, that statement came from the Sabres’ new owner, not the fan base. And it is Hockey Heaven compared to other armpits in the league. Why else would so many players & coaches want to stay here?

      mz1394 – want to say something intelligent for a change?

  12. mz1394 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    They stay there to get paid moron!!! I could write the same thing about about EVERY other NHL team lmao. Buffalo fans are no doubt the most ignorant of any sports city EVER!!!! Every year they say next year lmao . Oh and all the fans were saying multiple cups the owner guaranteed 1. I wouldn’t expect anything intelligent to come form a buffalo fan anyway

    • leninthebuff - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      That’s why people like Scotty Bowman and Daryl Sittler to name a couple made their home here and Sittler never was a Sabre…listen this isn’t the most attractive city in the US or Canada we get that but it’s a great place to live. Craig Rivet didn’t want to come here when he was traded here from San Jose but ask him his thoughts about Buffalo now. The main point is this is about hockey and not the city it’s played in…how many teams can say that they had nearly 9000 fans at a developemental camp scrimage???? Toronto is a bigger city and prettier but it’s funny that players stay away from there as free agents, also Toronto is an original six and when is the last time they won a cup? Philly hasn’t won a cup in nearly 40 yrs and yet their fans come trolling here talking poop. Montreal has great hockey history and hasn’t won a cup in over 20 years. Pittsburgh was poop and was close to relocating and a couple of good drafts and look what happened. Chicago sucked and after a couple good drafts where are they now, one of the premier teams in the NHL…so to the haters get a life and get real because things will change here in Buffalo and for those that think the Bills are moving…it ain’t happening

  13. zinger99 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Buffalo is Hockey Heaven??
    I’d hate to see hell.

    • billsfanaddict - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      ::pokes with long stick:: mmm yup… i reckon that thar is a troll… ::sniffs:: oh my! whew, fer shur!

  14. zinger99 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    OK bullwinkle, I just reviewed Buffalo’s history again ( : p ) and I see a whole lot if losing. Now go organize your “O.J. Was Framed” parade!! You Buffalo fans are easy meat.

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