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Buffalo Sabres Sign Sam Reinhart to a 1-Yr, $5.2 Million Deal

The Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a one-year contract with an AAV of $5.2 million.

The Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a one-year contract with an AAV of $5.2 million. The one year contract has caught a few people by surprise, some saying it’s strange the Sabres went with another shorter term and risking the price tag going up considerably. Others note it is smart to focus on this one season. The downside seems to be that the team is setting itself up for Reinhart to leave, but he’s still an RFA at the end of the deal and the sole focus for the Sabres this season is to make the postseason.

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Reinhart, 24, was a restricted free agent who had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Tuesday. This past season, he ranked second on the Sabres with 22 goals and 50 points while averaging a career-high 20:38 of ice time over 69 games.

A player who has a history of good health, the short-term deal isn’t about concerns over injuries and it shouldn’t be a concern over consistency as he has been among the Sabres’ top three in scoring every season since 2015-16. It was likely about money. This feels like both sides somewhat settled on the deal, Reinhart giving a bit of a discount for one year and the team pushing off paying him the really big bucks until next offseason.

With this deal done, the Sabres are left with $9,145,833 in projected cap space and a roster of 19: 11F-7D-1G. The still have unsigned RFA’s in Victor, Olofsson, Casey Mittelstadt and Linus Ullmark.

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