Rodrigues signs two-year deal with Sabres

The deal will pay him the league minimum of $650,000 AAV

Brayton Wilson
July 27, 2017 - 5:14 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres have locked up another one of their restricted free agents to a new contract.

The team announced on Thursday that they have come to terms on a new two-year contract with forward, Evan Rodrigues. The contract will carry the league minimum for an average annual value of $650,000.

Rodrigues, 23, just completed his second professional season of hockey, including 30 games this year in Buffalo. Rodrigues netted four goals and registered six points with the Sabres, while scoring nine goals and 30 points in 48 games with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.

Last season, Rodrigues put up identical scoring statistics in Rochester in 72 games and earned a late season call-up with the Sabres. In his two games in Buffalo, Rodrigues scored a goal and added an assist.

The first year of Rodrigues' contract with the Sabres is a two-way deal with the ability to play in Rochester at any point in the season. The second year of Rodrigues' deal is a one-way deal.

Rodrigues was signed to a two-year entry-level contract after the completion of his senior season with the Boston University Terriers in 2015. Rodrigues put up 121 points in 146 total games with the Terriers, and spent his senior year playing on a line with Jack Eichel.

The Sabres now have two remaining restricted free agents to get under contract. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is scheduled to go to arbitration on Friday August 4, while Zemgus Girgensons is also an RFA but will not head to arbitration.

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