Jake McCabe got the security of a three-year deal. The Sabres locked up a promising defenseman for a reasonable salary.
In other words, the contract negotiations went well.
Buffalo and McCabe have come to terms on a three-year, $4.8 million deal. The 22-year-old was set to become a restricted free agent Friday. He will make $1.25 million next season and $1.775 million in each of the following two years.
McCabe, a second-round pick in 2012, emerged as a top-four defenseman last season playing alongside Zach Bogosian. In 77 games, McCabe recorded four goals, 14 points and a team-best plus-6 rating.
The Sabres’ prominent remaining restricted free agents include Rasmus Ristolainen, Marcus Foligno and Zemgus Girgensons.