The Buffalo Sabres released a statement Friday announcing that they have come to an agreement with right winger Jason Pominville.
A five-year contract extension, reportedly worth $5 million per year, will keep Pominville with the Sabres through the 2013-2014 season. He was due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Pominville was second in scoring on the team last year with 80 points, including 53 assists and 27 goals.
This signing is great news for the Sabres. Pominville's signing, coupled with the signing of Ryan Miller, locks up two very important players who would have become free agents at the end of the season. Pominville has continued to improve since he first joined the Sabres, and this contract certainly shows that they believe he will continue to improve, and be a leader on the team.
This offseason signing will allow the Sabres—both the players and the management—to focus on playing hockey this year. There will be no issues of a player being distracted because of contract talks (or lack thereof) and the media coverage of such issues.