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Former Buffalo Sabres Find New Homes in Free Agency

July 3rd, 2014 at 3:22 PM
By Mike Matisz

While the Buffalo Sabres made a splash in free agency Tuesday, some notable former Sabres players have found new teams around the NHL to call their own. Here is a rundown of the signings of some former Sabres. 

G Ryan Miller

As most Sabres fans know, the St. Louis Blues have chosen not to re-sign Miller and sent him packing as a free agent. While the market didn't seem to be very deep for Miller, many knew he would find a new home somewhere in the NHL ranks. The former Sabres star found himself being courted by the Vancouver Canucks, a team formerly considered to have a wealth of goaltending talent.

Miller would sign on with the Canucks for three years and $6 million a season. Miller will most likely become the starter over Jacob Markstrom and Eddie Lack. 

LW Thomas Vanek

The Sabres traded Vanek to the Islanders last season for the services of Matt Moulson and next season's first-round pick. Vanek, who now has signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, will fit right in with the likes of Zach Parise. 

Vanek, who played college for the University of Minnesota, expressed interest in the Wild and the team was also very interested in adding a veteran goal scorer to their already potent offense. Vanek joins another prominent name in Sabres history, Jason Pominville. 

C Kevin Porter

Porter was a good two-way contract for the Sabres, spending time with both the NHL club and the Rochester Americans. Porter has since signed with the Detroit Red Wings with a one-year two-way contract  that will have him filling out the team's depth at their AHL affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Porter spent two seasons with the Sabres organization.

F John Scott

Scott wasn't re-signed by the Sabres and has since signed by the San Jose Sharks. The reception by Sharks fans seems mixed, however Scott brings his toughness and grit to the Sharks for one year. 

Scott was 13th in the league in penalty minutes last season and was no stranger to the disciplinary board. 

Given the talent that has left the Sabres recently, mixed with the talent that has come to, or returned to the Sabres, it seems clear that the team is headed in a new direction. 

While free agency is just a few days old, the Sabres are sure to add a few pieces before being finished with their roster. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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