The Vancouver Canucks bolsteredtheir blue-line, signing free agent defenceman Yannick Tremblay to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 6th round (145th overall) in 1995, Tremblay played for the Mannheim Eagles of the German Hockey League last season.
The 30-year-old defenceman from Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., last played in the NHL in the 2003-04 season with the Atlanta Thrashers when he had two goals and 10 points in 38 games.
In 378 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Thrashers, Tremblay had 37 goals and 85 assists.
Tremblay is a solid offensive contributor, in large part because of an explosive point shot, and he shines on the power play.
The Canucks are in the midst of rebuilding its defence after losing all-star blue-liner Ed Jovanovski (Phoenix) and Nolan Baumgartner (Philadelphia) to free agency.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres avoided salary arbitration as they signed centreTim Connollyto a three-year, $8.9-million US deal.
Connolly, 25, finished fifth in scoring for the Sabres last season, scoring 16 goals and adding 39 assists in 63 games.