The Sabres signed offensive defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year deal with the idea he can challenge for a roster spot during training camp.
Gragnani had 12 goals and 43 points last season in Portland, ranking him third in goals and 11th in points in the American Hockey League. Details of the contract were not disclosed, but it's believed to be a two-way deal that would allow the Sabres to send the former third-round back back to Portland.
The 23-year-old could challenge Chris Butler and Andrej Sekerafor playing time in Buffalo. Both struggled last season in Buffalo and appear to be the sixth and seventh defenseman going into training camp.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff in the past has drawn parallels between Gragnani and Brian Campbell early in his career when it comes to size, speed and skill. Gragnani (6-2, 201) had six goals last season on the power play, and the Sabres have been looking for someone along the blue line that can help quarterback the unit.
Meanwhile, no word yet on the future of Tim Kennedy. His agent, Allain Roy, said that several teams are interested in Kennedy. They were trying to figure out the best fit before deciding where he would play next season after being bought out by the Sabres.
--- Bucky Gleason