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Report: Sabres sign Irwin to one-year deal

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Likely adding more AHL/NHL depth to the roster

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The Buffalo Sabres have quietly made their second signing in free agency on Friday evening, as Elliotte Friedman reports the team has signed defenseman Matt Irwin.

The Irwin signing is likely another depth signing for the AHL pipeline.

The 6’1”, 207-pound blue liner is a left-shooting D who has 359 career NHL games under his belt. He split this past season between Nashville and Anaheim.

With the Predators, he recorded two points, 11 penalty minutes and 40 shots on goal in 27 games. With the Ducks, he appeared in nine games and was a minus-7.

In his eight-year NHL career, Irwin has averaged 15:56 ice time per game. He’s also played with Boston and San Jose.

Advanced NHL career statistics
Corsi (EV) Fenwick (EV) PDO (EV) Zone Starts (EV)
Season Age Team Lg GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2012-13 25 SJS NHL 38 652.1 682 593 53.5 5.3 487 399 55.0 4.6 23 6.3 22 92.0 98.2 54.0 46.0
2013-14 26 SJS NHL 62 1024.1 1045 1023 50.5 -4.5 771 736 51.2 -5.3 42 7.4 36 93.2 100.6 51.4 48.6
2014-15 27 SJS NHL 53 819.8 814 758 51.8 0.6 600 562 51.6 0.9 39 9.1 34 91.4 100.5 53.0 47.0
2015-16 28 BOS NHL 2 25.6 22 29 43.1 -4.2 14 27 34.1 -14.0 1 12.5 6 75.0 87.5 60.0 40.0
2016-17 29 NSH NHL 74 1107.5 1043 1007 50.9 -0.7 740 732 50.3 -1.2 44 8.2 33 93.7 101.9 52.5 47.5
2017-18 30 NSH NHL 50 640.4 608 585 51.0 0.1 452 433 51.1 0.7 25 8.1 23 92.9 101.0 49.6 50.4
2018-19 31 NSH NHL 44 487.2 485 438 52.5 1.6 360 313 53.5 2.3 20 7.6 15 93.6 101.2 53.8 46.2
2019-20 32 TOT NHL 36 478.0 461 473 49.4 -2.2 362 352 50.7 -1.0 14 5.6 28 89.0 94.6 48.5 51.5
2019-20 32 NSH NHL 27 306.4 303 280 52.0 -0.6 237 210 53.0 0.0 8 4.8 16 89.5 94.4 48.4 51.6
2019-20 32 ANA NHL 9 171.7 158 193 45.0 -2.5 125 142 46.8 0.1 6 7.1 12 88.2 95.3 48.6 51.4
4 yrs NSH NHL 195 2541.4 2439 2310 51.4 0.0 1789 1688 51.5 0.1 97 7.6 87 92.9 100.6 51.5 48.5
3 yrs SJS NHL 153 2496.0 2541 2374 51.7 0.0 1858 1697 52.3 -0.1 104 7.6 92 92.3 100.0 52.6 47.4
Career NHL 359 5234.6 5160 4906 51.3 -0.1 3786 3554 51.6 0.1 208 7.6 197 92.3 99.9 51.9 48.1
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/9/2020.

Irwin, 32, played two seasons with the University of Massachusetts. He was never drafted, instead signing with the Sharks in 2010 after two years of college hockey.