Along with Buffalo’s big signings this offseason, Buffalo took another big step today, close to locking Tyler Ennis to a 5-year, $23 million contract. The 24-year old restricted free agent has just come off of a 2-year, $5.625 million contract coming into the offseason. The team has not announced the deal officially, but that notification should come anytime now.
Tyler Ennis was arguably one of the hardest working players on last years roster, notching 21 goals and 43 points while missing only two games his points total are good one point behind the team leader Cody Hodgson, placing him at second.
How many times did we award Tyler Ennis the first star on this very website – because between him and the goaltenders – few people showed up on a regular basis.
So what does this say about Buffalo and Ennis himself. Well, for starters, Tim Murray and the franchise believe that the team that could be making a run to the Stanley Cup is – still a few years down the road. Tyler Ennis has proven on more than one occasion however to have the heart, the passion, and the skill to help a young team in need of a little bit of offense.
Tyler Ennis was the only member of the Buffalo Sabres to be on the team all year and score twenty goals or more. His 21 goals was a career high, eclipsing his previous high by one goal, and in two fewer games.
If the Buffalo Sabres rebuild process takes another year or two, a five year deal for Tyler Ennis means he will still be on the team when they get good again. A vote of confidence from the organization for the small winger/center.
Tyler Ennis grew up with the Buffalo Sabres – the team drafted him in the first round of the 2008 draft – and he joined the organization as an outsider to Darcy Regier‘s core group of players.
With a longer term contract in place, Tyler Ennis joins Matt Moulson, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers – and a slew of high draft picks and touted prospects as the new core of the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres – a group of players that will be together through the 2018-2019 season together, barring a trade.