Rumors from a few days ago were proven true in the first ten minutes of free agency today, as the Sabres have brought back goalie Chad Johnson. Anders Nilsson, who was the Sabres backup this season, left for Vancouver at around the same time.
Johnson’s contract with the Sabres is for one season at $2.5 million according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
The Sabres also added a depth forward, landing former Edmonton left winger Benoit Pouliot to a one-year, $1.15 million deal according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Johnson spent the 2016-’17 season playing for his hometown Calgary Flames, recording a 18-15-1 record, a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals against average. He played a season with the Sabres in 2015-’16 before leaving the team in free agency last summer.
Pouliot is a low-risk, high-reward player with two 20-goal seasons under his belt. He scored eight goals and six assists in 67 games last season but was bought out of his two-year, $4 million deal yesterday.
He fills a hole at left wing after the Sabres trade yesterday, joining Evander Kane, Matt Moulson, C.J. Smith and Nick Deslauriers as the listed left wingers on the roster.
The 30-year-old and 11-year NHL veteran has spent time with the Wild, Oilers, Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers and Lightning.