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July 1, 2014

Sabres add depth and experience

Meanwhile, it's Miller Time in Vancouver

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BUFFALO —

Though forward Matt Moulson, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract, was the Sabres' priciest addition, Gionta was the centerpiece.
At 35, Gionta is a consistent two-way forward and respected leader, whose presence is expected to resonate on a young and developing team. From nearby Rochester, Gionta signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal.
Murray is already envisioning the impact Gionta can make among players, including center Sam Reinhart, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the draft last weekend.
"Yesterday, he was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, a storied franchise, a playoff team. That wasn't a token title. That was real," Murray said of Gionta. "There's something obviously intangible that you can't measure with a yard stick, with analytics, with anything like that, and he has it in spades."
Gorges, a nine-year NHL veteran, also has leadership potential and is regarded as someone capable of grooming Buffalo's young crop of blue-liners.
"He's heart and soul," said Murray, who gave up a 2016 second-round pick to acquire Gorges. "He blocks shots. He's the type of player that can wear a letter. He's definitely part of the leadership group."
Moulson, a seven-year NHL veteran and a three-time 30-goal scorer, rejoins the Sabres after a brief four-month stint in Buffalo last season. Acquired by the Sabres in a trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in October, Moulson was then dealt to the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline in March.
Moulson was expendable in Buffalo because he was in the final year of his contract. And yet he enjoyed his brief time with the team to come back.
The Sabres also signed defenseman Andrej Meszaros to a one-year, $4.125 million contract, and gritty forward Cody McCormick to a three-year, $4.5 million deal. McCormick is a former Sabres player, who was traded in the deal with Moulson to Minnesota.

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