The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a two-year deal with forward Tyler Ennis, a restricted free agent. The Buffalo News reports that the contract is worth $5.625 million, with Ennis earning $2.5625 million in 2012-13 and $3.0625 million in 2013-14.
"Tyler is a very important part of our offense and we are very happy to have him signed," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "He has progressed as a player over the past few seasons and we are excited to see his growth, both as a person and professional, in the years to come."
Ennis, who turns 23 next month and was a first-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, has played 140 games in the NHL, all with the Sabres. He has 38 goals, 54 assists and 92 points. Ennis battled through an ankle injury last season but came on strong in the second half, finishing the season with 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games.
Ennis spent his 1 1/2 seasons with the Sabres at left wing, but with the team in dire need of help in the middle, Buffalo moved Ennis to center. In his 26 games in the middle, Ennis put up 27 points, recording 11 goals and 16 assists.
With the offseason trade of Derek Roy to Dallas, Ennis is expected to be the Sabres' No. 1 center.