The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 season. The cap-hit for the contract is being reported at $2.25 million, matching his salary from last season, per Shawn Stepner of WKBW-TV.
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The Sabres have been one of the NHL’s most disappointing NHL Franchises in recent years. With a recent effort to rebuild their franchise through calculated trades and draft picks, however, the team looks like they could be on the cusp of greatness. With this new contract, Marcus Foligno will get at least one more year with the franchise to prove that he’s a fit for their future plans.
As a bottom-six forward, Foligno has been effective for the Sabres in his four-plus seasons on the team. Foligno recorded career-highs in games played with 75, goals with 10, assists with 13, and points with 23 last season.
Foligno earned $2.25 million last season, which came with a $1.875 cap hit. The left winger didn’t file for arbitration, and the qualifying offer he received from the Sabres matched his 2015-16 salary 100%. His new deal will pay the soon-to-be 25-year-old the same salary, but will also come with an increased cap hit from last season due to his new deal lasting only one-year.
With the Foligno signing done, the Sabres will shift their attention to locking up Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen.
Brandon Share-Cohen has covered the NHL and various professional sports for six years. Working with The Hockey Writers, Brandon works extensively on covering the Boston Bruins in addition to his role as the News Team Lead.