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Sabres sign defenseman Goloubef to PTO

He played 33 games with the Avalanche last season

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres have thrown another name into the upcoming battle for blueline minutes, signing former Avalanche defenseman Cody Goloubef to a professional tryout agreement.

Goloubef, 27, played 33 games for last-place Colorado last season, totaling five assists and a -11. He’s played in parts of six NHL seasons between Columbus and Colorado, seeing the most time (43 games) in 2015-16.

Goloubef has played 129 career NHL games, scoring two goals and 23 points. When he was in the AHL last season he split time between the Cleveland Monsters and the San Antonio Rampage, scoring two goals and eight points in 18 games.

The Sabres could be bringing in Goloubef to see if he’d be a good fit with the Americans, as the Buffalo defensive corps are pretty locked in. The Sabres top seven of Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Jake McCabe, Nathan Beaulieu, Zach Bogosian, Victor Antipin and Josh Gorges would be tough to pass for either talent or contract reasoning.