This afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres sent out a press release to announce the signings of Kevin Porter and Mark Mancari. The organization also announced that David Leggio has been re-signed.
Kevin Porter, a six foot, 190 pound center, was drafted in the 4th round (119th overall) in 2004 by the Phoenix Coyotes. He has played for Phoenix and Colorado prior to coming to Buffalo.
Porter has put up 45 points (25 G, 20 A) in 163 career NHL games. His best season came in 2010-2011, when he scored 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 74 games.
Porter is also known for winning the 2008 Hobey Baker Award with the Michigan Wolverines, beating out current Sabre Nathan Gerbe.
Mark Mancari, a six foot, three-inch, 225 pound right winger, was drafted in the 7th round (207th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres. This is Mancari’s second stint with the Sabres after he spent last season in the Vancouver Canucks organization, playing six games for the Canucks and 69 games for the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate.
Mancari brings depth and talent to the Sabres organization. Although he has not broken through in the NHL, Mancari has at least 18 goals (181 total goals) in all seven seasons of his AHL career.
David Leggio, a six-foot, 180 pound goaltender, stays with the Sabres organization a season after being named the Most Valuable Player of the Rochester Americans.
Leggio posted a 28-24-2 record with a 2.54 GAA. Leggio also set a career-high in games played with 54 and he led the AHL in saves with 1,721.
All three of the aforementioned players have signed one-year deals, with undisclosed financial information, and they are expected to play big roles within the Sabres organization.