Three and a half hours after free agency opened today, the Buffalo Sabres made their first move, signing forward Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
Hinostroza, 27, knows Sabres coach Don Granato from their days together with the Chicago Blackhawks. The American offers the Sabres depth and versatility to play up and down the lineup.
The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Hinostroza has compiled 38 goals and 112 points in 272 career NHL games.
The Chicago native set new career highs by scoring 16 goals and 39 points in 72 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2018-19.
After mustering zero points in nine outings with the Florida Panthers last season, Hinostroza was traded back to Chicago, where he began his career in 2015-16, and recorded four goals and recorded four goals and 12 points in 17 contests.
The Blackhawks drafted Hinostroza in the sixth round in 2012, 169th overall.