The Buffalo Sabres recently signed Rasmus Dahlin to an eight-year contract extension, and now, Owen Power has joined the party.
What a week it’s been for fans of the Buffalo Sabres, as just two days ago, they hit a grand slam when Rasmus Dahlin signed an eight-year extension worth $88 million. And today, Owen Power just became the latest member of the Blue and Gold to stick around, signing his own extension worth an AAV of $8.35 million over seven years.
And what timing for both extensions, as we went through the entire summer not knowing if the Sabres and general manager Kevyn Adams would get a deal done with the pair by the beginning of the regular season. But here we stand, on the eve of Opening Night, with two former first-overall picks in Owen Power and Rasmus Dahlin committing themselves to the City of Buffalo and the Sabres for at least the rest of the decade.
The culture surrounding the Buffalo Sabres has completely changed
It’s so hard to believe that, just two-and-a-half years ago when the Blue and Gold’s ill-fated 2020-21 season ended, that they would have the core ready to roll that they have today. But hey, players want to be here. First, Tage Thompson hopped aboard, followed by Mattias Samuelsson, who like Power and Dahlin, signed an extension right before the regular season started.
Then, we had Dylan Cozens ink a deal to stick around in the City of Good Neighbors, and here we stand, nine months after Cozens’ deal, with Dahlin and Power hopping aboard. That gives the Buffalo Sabres a solid core of five players, plus a red-hot pool full of developing prospects who should be upper-echelon players in their respective leagues this season.
Overall, this could not have worked out any better over the past 14 months, and this team hardly resembles the league doormat that it once was just two short years ago. If the Sabres keep progressing the way they have been, then the cosmos is the limit for this young hockey team.
Source: Sabres sign Power to 7-year contract extension by Jourdon LaBarber, Sabres.com