The Buffalo Sabres made a number of moves to shore up their defense on the opening day of free agency, signing veteran blueliner Erik Johnson to a one-year deal and former Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton to a three-year $10 million contract. The same cannot be said for their goaltending, as the club on Day 1 chose to add depth goalies in the organization.
We have signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $775,000.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 1, 2023
The club brought back veteran goalies Dustin Tokarski, Devin Cooley, and Michael Houser on one-year deals, shoring up the depth in Rochester and their undetermined ECHL affiliate, but did not add a goalie that could challenge or share the workload with presumptive starting goalie Devon Levi. Tokarski spent two seasons with Buffalo from 2020-2022 and along with Cooley will likely be the tandem in Rochester replacing the departed Malcolm Subban. Houser will likely be on standby in the ECHL if the injuries between the pipes.
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The Sabres division rivals addressed their goaltending needs in a more substantial way on Saturday. The Ottawa Senators signed free agent netminder Joonas Korpisalo to a five-year, $2o million deal to be their primary starter, while the Detroit Red Wings backed up Ville Husso with the signings of veterans James Reimer and Alex Lyon on one-year deals.
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