Another depth signing by the Sabres for the Portland Pirates: Former Atlanta forward Colin Stuart has signed a one-year contract with the team. It's a two-way deal that calls for a $550,000 NHL salary or $75,000 with Portland.
The 6-2, 205-pound Stuart had a career-high 36 points, including 17 goals, last year for Calgary's AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, B.C. The 28-year-old played 51 games for Atlanta from 2007-09, scoring eight goals. He was the Thrashers' fifth-round pick in 2001.