Sabres sign Hammond, Lazar, Gilmour

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Andrew Hammond, forward Curtis Lazar and defenseman John Gilmour to one-year contracts.

Hammond enters his seventh pro season in 2019-20 after appearing in 33 AHL games with the Iowa Wild last year. Hammond was 19-12-2 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage along with three shutouts.

The native of Surrey, B.C., helped the Wild to their first-ever postseason appearance and played all 11 games over two playoff rounds, going 5-6 with a 2.46 GAA, a .912 save percentage and two shutouts.

Hammond has made 132 career AHL appearances with Iowa, San Antonio, Belleville and Binghamton, posting a record of 62-55-9 with a 3.03 GAA, a .905 save percentage and six shutouts.

Hammond also has 56 games of NHL experience with Ottawa and Colorado, going 27-15-6 (2.31, .923).

Lazar was an AHL All-Star in 2018-19, collecting 20 goals and 21 assists in 57 games with the Stockton Heat.

A first-round selection by Ottawa in the 2013 NHL Draft (17th overall), Lazar has skated in 246 career NHL games with Ottawa and Calgary — including one last season with the Flames — and has recorded 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 points.

In 70 career AHL matches with Stockton and Binghamton, Lazar has totaled 23 goals and 22 assists.

Gilmour, who appeared in his second AHL All-Star Classic in 2018-19, scored 20 goals and added 34 assists for 54 points in 70 games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finishing second among all AHL defensemen in goals and points and earning First Team AHL All-Star honors.

In three seasons, Gilmour has totaled 32 goals and 73 assists for 105 points in 190 AHL games, all with Hartford. He has also skated in 33 NHL contests with the New York Rangers, collecting two goals and three assists.

A 26-year-old native of Montreal, Gilmour was originally selected by Calgary in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft.