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The Sabres have signed Linus Ullmark to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million.

Given Carter Hutton's struggles since signing with the Sabress, Ullmark has become their No.1 netminder over the last two seasons. He's coming off of a solid campaign in 2020 but ranks tied for 26th in SV% (.910) and tied for 35th in GAA (2.91) since the start of 2019. The Sabres have improved this offseason but Ullmark remains nothing more than a low-end No.2 fantasy netminder.

Source: @SabresPR 10/26/20, 12:16 pm EST

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The Sabres signed Sam Reinhart to a one-year deal worth $5.2 million.

In 2020, Reinhart was on-pace to set a new career-high in goals but when the season was paused he had 22 goals and 28 assists (50 points) in 69 games. Reinhart has not missed a game in three seasons, averaging 24 goals and 34 assists (58 points) per 82 games. With the addition of Taylor Hall, Reinhart could be pushed from the top-line in 2021 but should still finish with 20-plus goals and 30-plus assists.

Source: John Vogl 10/26/20, 12:08 pm EST

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The Sabres have signed Tobias Rieder to a one-year deal worth $700K.

Rieder has bounced around the NHL in recent years, with Buffalo being their fifth team in four years. After being held goalless in 2019, Rieder had four goals and six assists (10 points) in 55 games with the Flames last season. Rieder will battle for a fourth line role in training camp.

Source: John Matisz 10/9/20, 8:57 pm EST

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The Sabres signed Zemgus Girgensons to a three-year deal worth $6.6 million ($2.2M AAV).

Girgensons scored 12 goals with seven assists (19 points) in 69 games in 2020. Girgensons is locked into a fourth-line role for the Sabres. He led all Buffalo forwards in hits (110) and PK TOI/GM (2:08) last season. Offensively, he hasn't topped 20 points since 2015.

Source: Darren Dreger 10/9/20, 10:53 am EST

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The Sabres have re-signed Jonas Johansson to a one-year deal worth $700K.

Johansson was a third-round pick in 2014 and made his NHL debut during the 2019-20 season. After going 14-4-3 with a 2.28 GAA and .921 SV% in 22 AHL games, Johansson was 1-3-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .894 SV% during his brief time with Buffalo.

Source: John Vogl 10/7/20, 7:10 pm EST

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The Sabres have re-signed Tage Thompson to a three-year deal worth $4.2 million ($1.4M AAV).

Thompson missed most of the 2020 season with a shoulder issue, which required surgery in mid-January. He had six goals and six assists (12 points) in 16 games with Rochester (AHL) and only appeared in one game with the Sabres. Since being selected No.26 overall in 2016, Thompson has just 10 goals and 11 assists (21 points) in 107 career NHL games.

Source: Bill Hoppe 10/6/20, 8:38 am EST

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The Sabres have signed Andrew Oglevie to a two-year contract extension.

Oglevie was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Notre Dame, who has spent the last two season in the Sabres system with the Rochester Americans (AHL). This past season, the 25-year-old centre had 15 goals and 14 assists (29 points) in 55 games.

Source: Buffalo Sabres 10/5/20, 10:37 am EST

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The Sabres have signed Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million ($800k AAV) contract extension.

Lazar split his 2020 season between the AHL and NHL, totalling 10 points (5G / 5A) in 38 games with the Sabres. Lazar has never lived up to the hype of being a top-20 draft pick but he seems to have settled in in the Sabres' bottom-6. Expect him to centre the third or fourth line behind Jack Eichel and Eric Staal in 2021.

Source: Buffalo Sabres 09/28/20, 9:28 am EST

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The Sabres have acquired Eric Staal from the Wild for Marcus Johansson.

Staal will be 36 in October and is entering the final year of a two-year contract that carries a $3.25M AAV cap-hit. The move actually saves the Sabres $1.25M in cap space and they are getting the better player. Staal may be nearing the end of his career but he will be a great No.2 centre behind Jack Eichel and reunites with Jeff Skinner. They didn't play together a ton in Carolina but there should be familiarity there five years later.

Source: PuckPedia 09/16/20, 6:20 pm EST

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