NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday night that they have signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a one-year contract.
The forward had been a restricted free agent. Reports indicate that Girgensons will receive $1.15 million for the 2016-17 season. He had turned down a one-year qualifying offer of $874,125 earlier in the offseason.
“Zemgus has grown into a solid two-way player since beginning his career,” Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said in a prepared statement. “We hope to see him continue this positive trend and find a consistent role within the club this season as another young player to grow with our group.”
Girgenson sent this message out on Instagram about the signing: “Very excited to be back for another season with the Sabres! Thanks to everyone for all the support! Can’t wait to get the season going!”
Girgenson, 22, had seven goals - none of which came in a home game - and 11 assists for 18 points with 20 penalty minutes in 71 games during the 2015-16 season. That’s the lowest point production in his three-year NHL career. The team’s first-round draft choice in 2012 (14th overall) has a total of 70 points in 202 games in his career.