The Sabres' focus has long turned toward the 2016 NHL Draft, but they had one loose end to tie up from the 2014 selection show. It's tied.
Buffalo has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Vaclav Karabacek. The 2014 second-round pick can potentially make $2.085 million, with NHL salaries of $640,556 in 2016-17 and $722,222 in each of the following two seasons.
The forward totaled 18 goals and 30 points in 47 games with Baie-Comeau and Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. He added six goals and nine points in 17 playoff games with Moncton.
Karabacek was the last junior player left to sign from the 2014 Draft, with a deadline set for June 1. The Sabres previously worked out deals with Sam Reinhart, Eric Cornel and Brycen Martin. There are different signing deadlines for college and European picks Jonas Johansson, Max Willman, Christopher Brown and Victor Olofsson.
The relief was evident. So was the pain.
The Western Conference final came to an emotional conclusion Wednesday night with San Jose eliminating St. Louis for its first Stanley Cup appearance. The Sharks won, 5-2, for a 4-2 series victory.
— MercSharks (@MercSharks) May 26, 2016
Perennial contenders who always became bridesmaids, the Sharks are ready for either Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay in the final - or both.
Joe Thornton Forever https://t.co/SOjH6UPXba
— May Dave! May Dave! (@davelozo) May 26, 2016
Joe Thornton (1,367 games)
Patrick Marleau (1,411 games)
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 26, 2016
The Blues, meanwhile, are done after winning Game Sevens against Chicago and Dallas. David Backes summed up the bonding with this story about teammate and former Sabres captain Steve Ott.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 26, 2016
The Penguins and Lightning will decide the Eastern Conference final Thursday night in Pittsburgh (8 p.m., NBCSN). The Pens forced Game Seven with a victory in Tampa.
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) May 25, 2016
As for the Cup, the Penguins would have home-ice advantage over the Sharks. San Jose would have home-ice advantage against the Lightning.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 25, 2016
Our annual Road to the NHL Draft - 30 prospects in 30 days - hits first gear right at the top with Auston Matthews. https://t.co/eUJEMDgU5f
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) May 25, 2016