Per a report by Elliotte Friedman, the Buffalo Sabres are signing free agent forward Vinnie Hinostroza. Details of the contract have not been disclosed yet, and the team has not officially announced the signing yet.
Vinny Hinostroza to BUF— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021
Hinostroza is a 27-year-old center who is another decent bottom-six addition for the Sabres. The Chicago-area native was drafted by the Blackhawks with the 169th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
In 272 career NHL games, Hinostroza has recorded 38 goals and 74 assists for 112 points.
This past season, he appeared in 26 games and put up 12 points (4-8), split between Chicago and the Florida Panthers. Hinostroza was traded to Chicago from Florida on April 2. He also previously played for the Arizona Coyotes (2018-20) and with Chicago (2015-18).
Prior to joining the NHL, Hinostroza played for the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks and spent two seasons at the University of Notre Dame. He also represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships and 2016 World Championships.
Hinostroza is the first reported signing for the Sabres following the opening of the NHL’s free agent period at noon, but he certainly won’t be the last.