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SABRES, JOHANSSON AGREE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 6, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million.

Johansson (6’1”, 205 lbs., 10/6/1990) split time between the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in 2018-19, where he recorded 30 points (13+17) in 58 combined games. He added a career-high 11 points (4+7) in 22 playoff games for the Bruins during their Stanley Cup Final run.

A nine-year NHL veteran, Johansson has recorded 334 points (120+214) in 588 career games and added 41 points (13+28) in 94 career playoff contests. He has appeared in the playoffs in all but one of his NHL seasons since being drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Internationally, Johansson has represented his country in three major tournaments. The Landskrona, Sweden native captained his country to a bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship after being a member of the squad that took home a silver medal at the 2009 World Juniors. He also played for Team Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

SABRES SIGN GIRGENSONS TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 5, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Zemgus Girgensons on a one-year contract with an AAV of $1.6 million.

Last season, Girgensons (6’2”, 211 lbs., 1/5/1994) played 72 games for the Sabres and recorded 18 points (5+13), all of which came at even strength. His 18 even-strength points marked Girgensons’ highest total since he recorded a career-high 23 even-strength points in 2014-15.

Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Girgensons has recorded 119 points (49+70) and 120 penalty minutes in 420 career NHL games for Buffalo and appeared in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. The Riga, Latvia native has represented his country numerous times, including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES, SMITH AGREE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 2, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a two-year contract with an AAV of $700,000.

Smith (5’10”, 184 lbs., 12/1/1994) recorded 58 points (28+30) in 62 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) in 2018-19, ranking second on the team in goals and points and third in assists. He also contributed four game-winning goals and led all Amerks skaters with a plus-26 rating.

Signed by Buffalo as a free agent in March 2017, Smith also scored his first two NHL goals during the 2018-19 season. The Des Moines, Iowa native has recorded three points (2+1) in 13 career NHL games and 102 points (45+57) in 119 career AHL contests. In his first full professional season in 2017-18, Smith was selected as the Amerks’ Rookie of the Year and earned MVP honors at the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge

COZENS INJURY UPDATE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 2, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Dylan Cozens will undergo a procedure Wednesday on his left thumb following an injury he sustained on June 29 at Sabres Development Camp. An update on his estimated recovery time will be provided later this week.

SABRES, GILMOUR AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman John Gilmour to a one-year contract with an AAV of $700,000.

 

Gilmour (6’0”, 190 lbs., 5/17/1993) has spent the last three seasons as a member of the New York Rangers’ organization. He was named to the 2018-19 AHL First All-Star Team after finishing the season among the AHL’s top 10 defensemen in goals (2nd, 20), assists (8th, 34), points (2nd, 54) and game-winning goals (2nd, 5). Gilmour, who also participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, has recorded 105 points (32+73) in 190 career AHL games and five points (2+3) in 33 NHL contests.

 

Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round (198th overall), Gilmour played collegiately for four years at Providence College and was a member of the Friars team that captured the 2015 NCAA National Championship. The Montreal native notched 65 points (22+43) in 141 career NCAA games for Providence.