It is not always the unrestricted free agents that you have to tender offers too, and the Buffalo Sabres have not forgotten their own, signing Marcus Foligno to a two year contract.
Marcus Foligno has played the better part of three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres since being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
It keeps the family element in place with the Buffalo Sabres – as Marcus’ father Mike Foligno is a member of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
I feel that Marcus Foligno is still trying to find his NHL legs underneath him; he has played well and proved his worth for the organization, but never coming into his own.
This two year contract is definitely a bridge deal to see if he can bring to the table what the Buffalo Sabres are looking for post rebuild period.
Foligno definitely has the ability and the skill to make it in this league, and will have to continue to improve his game to keep getting top line minutes.
In those three years with the Buffalo Sabres Foligno has 18 goals, 32 assists, and 50 penalty minutes.
Foligno will definitely need to increase his offensive presence, and he just might have that ability as the team improves their depth at center and starts to form the team that Tim Murray wants to put into place.
I would like to see the Buffalo Sabres get Marcus Foligno in front of the net and become a presence there, something the team has been lacking since the loss of Thomas Vanek.
Buffalo still has plenty of work to do to get to the salary cap floor and manage their restricted free agents.
After Foligno they still need to take care of Tyler Ennis, and Chad Ruhwedel. Buffalo still has unsigned unrestricted free agents that are available on the market, and could bring back Zenon Kenopka and Henrik Tallinder.
The Tim Murray era of the Buffalo Sabres is starting to take shape, and training camp should be a very interesting time for the Buffalo Sabres.
What more can we expect from the Buffalo Sabres today?