NEW YORK – Justin Falk has been one of the Sabres’ biggest surprises. It’s earned him another contract.
Buffalo has signed the defenseman to a one-year extension worth $650,000. It matches the deal he signed prior to this season.
Falk has recorded four assists and a plus-4 rating while playing 35 games. Buffalo added the 28-year-old as a depth defenseman, and he’s turned into a regular on the injury-riddled blue line.
“I’ve liked Justin Falk’s game considerably,” coach Dan Bylsma said over the weekend. “We didn’t have a good game in Montreal, but I thought he was one of our better defense that game and I liked the way he played the last game.”
Although Falk is nearing the threshold for expansion-draft exposure rules, the signing wasn’t an expansion necessity. Buffalo already has Rasmus Ristolainen, Josh Gorges, Zach Bogosian and Jake McCabe under contract. The Sabres can protect only three defensemen (unless they opt for the eight-skater route, which would force them to expose additional key forwards).
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