Sabres sign goalie Andrew Hammond to one-year deal

Hammond joins the Sabres after one season with the Iowa Wild in the AHL

Brayton Wilson
July 01, 2019 - 12:42 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres have added some depth in net for the upcoming season with the signing of goalie Andrew Hammond to a one-year contract with an average annual value of $700,000.

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The 31-year-old is coming off a season with the Iowa Wild where he played in 33 games with a 19-12-2 record, a 2.81 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and three shutouts.

In his American Hockey League career with the Binghamton Senators, Belleville Senators, San Antonio Rampage and Wild, Hammond has a career 62-55-6 record in 132 games with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

Hammond also has plenty of experience in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche. In 56 games, Hammond went 27-15-6 with a 2.31 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and four shutouts.

The most memorable moment of Hammond's career was when he helped get Ottawa to the Stanley Cup playoffs in the 2014-15 season. In just 23 games with the Senators, Hammond went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals-against, a .941 save percentage and three shutouts. Ottawa ended up turning their season around thanks, in part, to his play, and ended up earning a playoff berth against the Montreal Canadiens.

Hammond is likely to play with the Rochester Americans this season as their starting goalie and team up with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen once he returns from offseason surgery.

Former Amerks goalie Scott Wedgewood has signed a one-year deal to join the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

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