The Sabres haven't had a No. 1 center since 2007. They acquired one last week in Ryan O'Reilly, and they're making sure to keep him around.
The Sabres and O'Reilly have agreed to a contract extension, a source told The Buffalo News on Friday morning. The long-term deal will be announced soon.
O'Reilly is entering the last season of a two-year, $12 million contract signed with Colorado. He and the Sabres were allowed to extend the deal starting Wednesday. He reportedly asked the Avalanche for an eight-year, $64 million extension.
The 24-year-old had 45 goals and 74 assists during the last two seasons. He is a two-way center who thrives on puck possession, an area in which Buffalo finished last while getting outshot by an average of 36-24.
O'Reilly jumped right from the 2009 Draft to the NHL, and he can relay his experience to Sabres draft pick Jack Eichel.