The Buffalo Sabres
said Friday they have agreed to terms with forward Drew Stafford
on a multi-year contract, keeping him from reaching the free-agent market this summer.
No other details were released.
Stafford was second on the Sabres during the regular season with 31 goals and tied for third with 52 points -- both career highs -- despite missing 20 games with injuries. He also posted a career-best plus-13 rating.
“It was important for us to get Drew locked up,” GM Darcy Regier
said in a statement. “What we saw from Drew this season is exactly what we envisioned when we drafted him. Drew will continue to be an important part of our team in the coming years.”
The Sabres took Stafford in the first round (No. 13) in the 2004 Entry Draft. He has 94 goals and 196 points in 317 games over five seasons with Buffalo.