Vinnie Hinostroza is moving on from the Blackhawks and has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Sabres on a one-year contract at a cap hit of $1.05 million.
Hinostroza, 27, registered zero points in nine games with the Florida Panthers before being traded to Chicago, where he had a resurgence by compiling 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 17 games. He was acquired by the Blackhawks in April in exchange for forward Brad Morrison.
Hinostroza proved to be a dependable middle-six forward who can play on the power play and even kill penalties. The fit between the Blackhawks and the Chicago-area native seemed perfect, but the team elected to go in a different direction by changing up the look of their group.
The Blackhawks' acquisitions up front have included Henrik Borgstrom, Tyler Johnson and Jujhar Khaira, and a contract extension for Adam Gaudette. Brandon Hagel and Alex Nylander also received qualifying offers but remain unsigned, as of Wednesday.