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Sabres Add to Depth Early in Free Agency

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Buffalo re-tooled their depth and added three players to the pipeline.

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The Buffalo Sabres have made three signings within the first hour of free agency opening up.

All the signings roll along the lines of what Jason Botterill was speaking to less than a week ago - not flashy moves but necessary moves.

Buffalo has reportedly signed defenseman John Gilmour, forward Jean-Sebastian Dea and goaltender Andrew Hammond.

Dea, 25, spent last season within the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils organizations.

In 23 NHL games last season between both teams, Dea tallied six points (four goals, two assists).

Gilmour, 26, had spent his entire professional career within the New York Rangers organization.

Gilmour has played 33 NHL games, totaling five points (two goals, three assists), but has spent most of his career in the AHL.

Hammond, 31, burst onto the NHL scene back in 2014-15 with the Ottawa Senators, where he posted a record of 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA in 24 games.

Hammond has since spent time with the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild organizations.

As is the case with all depth signings, these three players will be given a shot to prove their worth at the NHL level in training camp. Barring injury, it remains highly likely that all three players will be in the opening night starting lineup for the Rochester Americans.