Remi Elie did not wait long to come to terms with the Buffalo Sabres on a contract following their salary arbitration hearing Thursday in Toronto.
Shortly after the hearing's conclusion, Elie, a 24-year-old winger, agreed to return to the Sabres on a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000. He was extended a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent and filed for arbitration. Elie's contract will allow the Sabres to send him to Rochester if he is unable to make the roster out of training camp next month.
Elie, who appeared in 16 games with the team after being claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars before the season opener last October, counted $735,000 against the salary cap in 2018-19. He could not carve out a full-time role in Buffalo and spent much of his time with the Sabres as a healthy scratch, recording only one assist with a minus-3 rating.
With the Sabres' offense struggling in February, Elie was sent to Rochester upon clearing waivers and made an immediate impact in the American Hockey League. He scored eight goals among 14 points in 25 regular-season games with the Amerks.
Elie, a second-round draft pick in 2013, had seven goals among 21 points in 90 games over parts of two seasons in Dallas, though he has shown promise while competing in the AHL. He had 17 goals among 36 points in 121 games with the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate, from 2015-18.
A former teammate of Connor McDavid with the Erie Otters, Elie had an outstanding junior hockey career, posting at least 28 goals over each of his final two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.
Elie will compete with a number of forwards for a roster spot in training camp next month, including Tage Thompson, Victor Olofsson, C.J. Smith, Curtis Lazar, Scott Wilson, Arttu Ruotsalainen and Jean-Sebastien Dea, among others.