Let's Make a Deal: Sabres Sign Stafford

Melissa KaniaContributor ISeptember 13, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 28:  Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres in action against the New York Islanders defends during their game at the Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It's the second day of training camp and Sabres fans can rejoice, as Drew Stafford will return to the team this season after all.

After contract talks reportedly reached a stalemate earlier this week, Sabres GM Darcy Regier said the team was continuing to work with Stafford to try and get a deal done.

On Sunday, the Sabres announced that they have signed Stafford to a two-year deal worth $1.5 mil this season, and $2.5 mil next season.

The team is expected to continue working with Stafford throughout the two-year period to sign a longer-term contract. In the meantime, Stafford is a promising young player who will continue to develop his offensive skills in hopes of signing a better contract in the future.

Last season, Stafford had 20 goals and 25 assists (both career-highs) for a total of 45 points in 79 games.