A Swedish newspaper report today has the Sabres re-signing forward Johan Larsson to a one-year deal worth $800,000. It's a one-way contract, no surprise given the Sabres' expectation that Larsson will be in their NHL lineup this season.
Larsson had six goals and 10 assists in 39 games for Buffalo last season and also had an even rating, no small accomplishment on the worst team in the NHL. He had 15 goals and 25 assists in 44 games with Rochester.
"Sure it is good money, but for me this is mainly that I will now be able to continue playing hockey with a very exciting team with new players and new coach," Larsson said, in the Google translation of Gotland Newspapers. "It will be an exciting season."
"This has been a process but now the Sabres are clear they want to have Johan on the team," added agent Lars Cederstrom."Johan has great potential to grow even more next season, so we believe he will have an even better position for negotiations in a year."
Larsson didn't see eye-to-eye with former coach Ted Nolan, publicly complaining about being put on the fourth line in Buffalo when he was returned to Rochester in January. That certainly didn't sit well with Nolan, who essentially told Larsson to put his play where his mouth was and the 22-year-old did just that upon returning to the NHL a month later, posting 14 points over his final 19 games.
Larsson can play both center or wing and certainly looks like a good third-line candidate for the Sabres this season. His signing leaves the Sabres with just one restricted free agent left, winger Jerry D'Amigo. The Sabres still have around $12 million in cap space remaining.