Buffalo Sabres re-sign Zemgus Girgensons to 1-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The have re-signed forward to a one-year $1.15 million contract.

The Sabres announced the signing on Thursday, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed the terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not announce the terms.

Girgensons was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained by the team in June.

From Latvia, Girgensons has established himself as a two-way player in three seasons with the Sabres .

Girgensons has 30 goals and 40 assists in 202 games. He struggled last season adapting under new coach Dan Bylsma, and finished with seven goals and 18 points – both career lows – in 71 games.

He was the second of Buffalo’s two first-round draft picks in 2012.

To rival executives, the Magic still look aimless after a frenzy of transactions sloughed away 10 of the 16 guys who logged at least 200 minutes last season. They paid a backup center, Bismack Biyombo, starter money after sniffing around a similar deal for Joakim Noah, per several league sources. In a league low on two-way wings and oversaturated with big men, Orlando swapped Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka — even though they had Aaron Gordon entrenched at Ibaka’s position. Then they paid Jeff Green $15 million.

“It feels like a whole new team,” Gordon told ESPN.com.

There are people within the team who think that by midseason, it will be clear Orlando’s best lineups feature Gordon at power forward and Ibaka at center — sort of a problem given the $30 million per year invested in Vucevic and Biyombo.

Meanwhile, groups lumping Gordon alongside two traditional bigs and Elfrid Payton, perhaps an even worse shooter than Gordon, could barf up bricks as defenses strangle the lane. With the rim walled off, the Magic have settled for a ton of midrangers and struggled to earn foul shots.

Girgensons generated headlines in 2014-15 , when Latvian fans were credited for voting him in to compete in the All-Star game at Columbus , Ohio.

china-nhl-stats-300x199