Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sabres re-sign Ennis for $23 million

The Buffalo Sabres re-signed center Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth about $23 million, addressing one of the final pieces of their offseason rebuilding plan.

A person familiar with the agreement revealed the terms to the Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres referred to the contract only as a multiyear deal.

Ennis was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by tendering him an offer last month. Buffalo has now re-signed four of its five restricted free agents, with the exception of forward Luke Adam.

Ennis is a speedy, playmaking forward who led the Sabres with a career-best 21 goals and added 22 assists in 80 games last season.

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Last month, general manager Tim Murray spoke highly of Ennis and how he might help revive the team. Last season, the Sabres (21-51-10) finished last, set a franchise record for losses, and established a post-NHL-expansion-era low by scoring just 150 goals.

"I like his approach to the game. I like his compete level. I like his speed," Murray said. "There's a lot of things I like about him, and if we can do a long-term deal with him, then obviously the decision we've made is we'd go forward with him."

Wild and goalie agree

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with goaltender John Curry on a one-year, two-way contract.

Under the deal announced Thursday, Curry will be paid his NHL salary only if he is on the NHL roster. If he is sent to the AHL, he will get a minor-league salary.

Curry was one of five goalies who played last season for the Wild. He had a 43-save win in April against St. Louis. He was 1-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.

Associated Press
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