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Sabres’ Rodrigues gets $2 million in arbitration

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 14: Evan Rodrigues #71 of the Buffalo Sabres skates during an NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 14, 2019 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres announced on Thursday that forward Evan Rodrigues has been signed to a one-year, $2 million contract for the 2019-20 season.

The terms of the deal were awarded by an arbitrator and help bring the Sabres’ roster closer to completion for the upcoming season. He will still be a restricted free agent next summer once this contract expires. The only remaining unsigned players are defender Jake McCabe and backup goalie Linus Ullmark.

Rodrigues, 25, has spent parts of four seasons with the Sabres and is coming off of a 2018-19 season that saw him score nine goals and 20 assists. All of those marks were career highs, though that was mostly due to the fact he played in 78 games. His per-game production actually dropped pretty significantly from what he did during the 2017-18 season even though he played two additional minutes per game.
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It has been a busy offseason for the Sabres as they work to end an eight-year playoff drought.

This offseason has seen them acquire Marcus Johansson, Jimmy Vesey and Collin Miller, while also re-signing winger Jeff Skinner to a long-term contract.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.