Yesterday, we passed along a report claiming Buffalo was closing in on an extension for forward Tyler Ennis.
Today, the Sabres made it official.
Buffalo announced it has re-upped with Ennis on a multi-year deal, less than 24 hours after NHL Network reported the two sides had agreed to a five-year, $23 million deal. Though the Sabres didn’t confirm the term or money in their press release, the figures have been confirmed by a source of the Buffalo News.
Ennis, 24, will pull in an annual $4.6M cap hit with the new contract, putting him only behind Matt Moulson ($5 million annually) among Sabres forwards.
The deal comes on the heels of Ennis’ solid 2013-14 campaign, in which he scored a career-high 21 goals in 80 games, finishing with 43 points (Cody Hodgson led the team with 44.) Ennis also logged a career-high 18:51 TOI per game last season and finished third on the team in total faceoffs taken, although had a lousy winning percentage (38.7).
With the move, Buffalo now has a cap payroll of approximately $57 million, a far cry from a few weeks ago when people were openly wondering how GM Tim Murray was going to get the club to the cap floor.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.