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by Amy Moritz

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract. Reports on the TSN website say the deal is with $800,000.

Benoit played last season for the Colorado Avalanche scoring seven goals with 21 assists in 79 games.

He played parts of two seasons with Ottawa, while Sabres GM Tim Murray was in the Senators' front office. Benoit made his NHL debut in the 2010-11 season playing eight games with the Sens. He played in 33 games in the 2012-13 season with three goals and seven assists.

In 120 career NHL games, he has 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.

The 30-year-old is a native of St. Albert, Ontario and played five seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.