The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Drew Stafford, on a multi-year contract, he was set to become a Restricted Free Agent on July 1.
The deal is reported to be 4 years, $16 Milion.
Stafford, 25, scored a career high 31 goals and 52 points last season.
I understand that some may feel that the price is alittle high for Stafford, i also did at first. But, if you think about it, it really is not that bad.
WGR’s Paul Hamilton pointed out that Stafford’s 4 million a year could be compared to New York Islanders’ Matt Mouson.
Moulson, who is two years older then Stafford, recently signed for 3 years at $3.13-million per season. But if you look at players who scored 30 goals this year(List of players is below), the contract dosent seem to be that bad.
Milan Lucic, $4.1-million. Ilya Kovalchuk, $6.7-million. David Backes, $4.5-million. Thomas Vanek, $7.1-million. Phil Kessel, $5.4-million. Nikolai Kulemin, $2.4-million. Rick Nash, $7.8-million. Jonathan Toews, $6.3-million. Alex Ovechkin, $9.5-million. All these players had between 30 and 32 goals this year.
Now the Sabres move on to other potential restricted free agents, forward Nathan Gerbe, defensemen Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler, Mike Weber, Marc-Andre Gragnani and goaltender Jhonas Enroth.