Porter signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Sabres on Saturday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. At 31, Porter is simply a journeyman available to provide depth, but he has a history from his time in Pittsburgh with new Sabres GM Jason Botterill and he'll head back to the Buffalo organization, where he spent two seasons earlier in the decade. Porter will slot in as either a fourth or fifth center with the big club, or in a leadership role for Buffalo's AHL squad in Rochester.
Porter was demoted to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. After signing a new deal with the Penguins in the offseason, Porter managed to see the ice in only the final two games of the year. The center hasn't scored a goal in an NHL contest since he was with Buffalo during the 2012-13 campaign. A veteran presence with the Baby Pens, Porter is third in scoring on the team with 11 goals and 35 helpers. While coach Mike Sullivan seems comfortable relying on young players, with their defense of the Stanley Cup on the line, bringing up an experienced player like Porter might be the preferred option, if needed.
Porter was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Porter, who won the Hobey Baker Award with the University of Michigan in 2008, is lauded for his work on the penalty kill. He gives the Penguins another starting option down the middle with Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) ruled out for Saturday's contest against the Maple Leafs and just one more game after that remaining in the regular season.
The Penguins sent Porter to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The veteran cleared waivers and will start the season with the Baby Pens. Porter collected three assists in 41 games for Pittsburgh in 2015-16 before undergoing season-ending surgery.
Porter was waived by the Penguins on Friday for the purpose of reassignment, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Porter was expected to play a bigger role for the Pens last season before being sidelined by injuries. The 30-year-old saw his spot on the depth chart filled by the like of veteran Matt Cullen and youngsters Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust. If Porter clears waivers, he will be reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he can provide some much needed veteran leadership.
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