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Sabres sign left wing Benoit Pouliot for one year, $1.15 million

The Sabres needed help at left wing. They've got it in Benoit Pouliot.

The 30-year-old has signed a one-year, $1.15 million deal with Buffalo.

Pouliot had been bought out by Edmonton. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder had eight goals and 14 points in 67 games last season.

Drafted fourth overall by Minnesota in 2005, Pouliot has traveled from the Wild to Montreal, Boston, Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers and Edmonton. He has 117 goals and 244 points in 551 games, plus six goals and 14 points in 67 playoff appearances.

Pouliot's best season was 2014-15, when he recorded 19 goals and 34 points in 58 games for Edmonton.

It was the first season of a five-year, $20 million contract. He followed with 14 goals and 36 points in 55 games, then plummeted last season. After no points in 13 playoff games, the Oilers bought out the remaining two years of his deal.

The Sabres have Evander Kane, Matt Moulson, Justin Bailey, Nicolas Deslauriers and C.J. Smith on the left side. Pouliot appears to fit in a checking role with Buffalo, with the potential to move up the lineup if he gets hot.

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