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The Buffalo Sabres will have a familiar face back in the lineup when they play again on Thursday: right wing Matthew Barnaby has agreed to terms on a new contract.

Salary terms of the new deal weren't released, but the agreement covers three seasons.

The Sabres orginally made Barnaby a qualifying offer of $350,000. Barnaby's agent, Larry Kelly, countered with a demand of $1.1 million per season.

However, Kelly recently said that he was seeking for his client contract terms similar to those given Randy Burridge. Burridge has a three-year contract worth $2.25 million.

Barnaby appeared in 73 games with the Sabres last season. He had 15 goals, 31 points and led the National Hockey League with 335 penalty minutes.

He is expected to begin practicing with the team upon completing his physical. The Sabres' next game is Thursday at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

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