The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract. Reports on the TSN website say the deal is for $800,000.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Benoit played last season for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring seven goals with 21 assists in 79 games.
He played parts of two seasons with Ottawa, while Sabres GM Tim Murray was in the Senators’ front office. Benoit made his NHL debut in 2010-11 playing eight games with the Sens. He played in 33 games in the 2012-13 season with three goals and seven assists.
In 120 career NHL games, he has 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.
The 30-year-old is a native of St. Albert, Ont., and played five seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Law latest Griff to go pro
Add Taylor Law to the list of Canisius College hockey alumni who have signed professional deals.
Law agreed to terms with the Indy Fuel of the East Coast League. The 6-2, 200-pound forward graduated from Canisius in May.
“Taylor is a big, skilled forward with the ability to score big goals in big situations,” Fuel head coach Scott Hillman said in the team’s press release. “He’ll learn to use his size effectively to compete at the pro level as he makes his transition from college hockey.”
Law played 115 games for the Griffs. A shoulder injury ended his junior season after 15 games. He had a standout sophomore season, scoring 11 goals with 15 assists in 35 games, winning team MVP honors.
Last year, he embraced a new role as third-line player with a spot on the power play, notching six goals with four assists in 30 games. After the Canisius season ended, Law played in four games with Elmira of the ECHL, scoring two goals.
“It was big for me to get a taste of the ECHL last year,” Law said. “The game is certainly faster in the pros and to be able to make that adjustment immediately will be huge for me.”
The Indy Fuel are part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and are affiliated with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.
Around the boards
• The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with 23-year-old Ryan O’Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal. O’Reilly led the Avalanche with a career-high 28 goals last season and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct. He also had six game-winners.
• Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration. The 23-year-old Kreider made a deal Wednesday with an average salary of $2.47 million. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games last season.