The Buffalo Sabres can now check all their restricted free agents off the team’s list. Sunday afternoon, the team announced that it has signed Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract.
NEWS ALERT: The #Sabres have signed forward Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract. More details to come.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 27, 2014
Adam, 24, led the Rochester Americans with 29 goals last season. He also had 20 assists for 49 points in 59 regular season games.
Adam also had four points (2-2) in five playoff games against the Chicago Wolves.
His career with the Buffalo Sabres organization began back in 2008, when the Sabres drafted Adam in the 2nd round, 44th overall.
At the time, Adam had just finished his second season with the St. John’s Fog Devils of the QMJHL.
After being drafted by the Sabres, Adam spent two additional seasons in the QMJHL, first with the Montreal Juniors, then the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
He made his AHL debut at the end of the 2009-10 season, appearing in three games with the Portland Pirates.
His first full season in the AHL saw Adam accrue 62 points in 57 regular season games, including 29 goals and 33 assists.
That 2010-11 season also saw Adam make his NHL debut. He skated in his first NHL game on October 26, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers. That season would see him skate in 19 NHL games and notch his first NHL goal against the Boston Bruins on December 7, 2010.
The 2011-12 season saw Adam split between the Sabres and the Rochester Americans. He had 20 points in 52 NHL games and added 13 points in 27 AHL games.
Adam went on to spend most of the 2012-13 season in Rochester, notching 37 points and 57 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Amerks. He appeared in just four games with the Sabres that season, scoring one goal.
In addition to his 49-point campaign in Rochester last season, Adam appeared in 12 games with the Sabres. He had one goal and four penalty minutes.
For several years, Adam has flip-flopped between the NHL and AHL, often struggling to secure a spot on the Sabres, and some wondered if this offseason would finally be the departing point between the club and Adam — but he’s here for at least another year, it seems.
Financial terms of Adam’s new one-year deal were not disclosed, but his last contract saw him earn $65,000 at the AHL level and $735,000 at the NHL level (cap hit of $735k).