Sabres active in free agency, begin to round out Amerks roster

Sabres fall to Boston 2-1

The Sabres signed goalie Chad Johnson and forward Benoit Pouliot on the first day of free agency, two players who should make a solid contribution in Buffalo this upcoming season. But these moves aren't moving the needle in Buffalo.

But Jason Botterill's other signings have Rochester buzzing.

The Sabres also signed five different players who will be expected to be big time contributors with the Amerks, while also getting the opportunity to compete for a spot with the NHL club.

Kevin Porter headlines the list of incoming players. The 31-year-old played two years in Rochester from 2012-'14. He spent the last two years with the Penguins organization, leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in assists last year.

Also expected to come to Rochester are forwards Kyle Criscuolo and Seth Griffith, defenseman Matt Tennyson, and goalie Chris Wilcox. All four have proven success at the AHL level. Criscuolo played a critical role in the Grand Rapids Griffins run to the Calder Cup title this year.

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