Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres have made their first signing of NHL Free Agency on Wednesday, inking center Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year contract with a $1.05 million cap hit.
Hinostroza comes over from the Blackhawks after splitting the 2020-21 season between Chicago and the Florida Panthers. The 27-year-old is a good bottom-six player who plays with speed.
The native of Chicago netted four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 17 games with the Hawks. In nine games last year with the Panthers, Hinostroza went pointless and averaged just 9:50 of ice-time per-game.
Hinostroza was a sixth round pick (169th overall) of the Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft. He then went to the University of Notre Dame for two years.
In 2018, Hinostoza was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. He signed a free agent deal with Florida last October before being traded back to the Blackhawks on April 2.
The center’s best season came in 2018-19, when he netted 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 72 games for the Coyotes.
Buffalo has lost two players to free agency at this point. Defenseman Jake McCabe signed a four-year, $16 million deal with Chicago, while goalie Carter Hutton signed a one-year, $750,00 contract with Arizona.