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Sabres sign RFA Ennis to two-year, $5.625 million deal

Sep 15, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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The Sabres finally got a deal done with Tyler Ennis.

Buffalo signed their restricted free agent forward to a two-year deal this afternoon. As Chris Johnston reports, it’s worth a total of $5.625 million over the term.

Ennis broke out two seasons ago scoring 20 goals with 49 points. Last season in just 48 games, he piled up 15 goals and 34 points. Project that out over a full season and he’d be right there with Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek as a top scorer on the team.

At 5’9″ Ennis doesn’t bring size but he brings plenty of skill, something the Sabres could always use more of. Once the season is set to start, Ennis could wind up centering either Vanek or Pominville.

Last season he did most of his damage with Marcus Foligno and Drew Stafford on his wings. The chemistry that line had together might be too good to bust up.

  1. elemeno89 - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    awesome. i would have loved to see a longer term, but the current negotiations with the cba most likely hampered it. always room for an extension!

  2. buffalomafia - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Keep spending money on chumps that cant score!

    Another year missing the playiffs due to bad management!

    • millertime30 - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      right.. he really struggled to that 27 pts in 26 games to end last year.. so tough to watch..

  3. buffalomafia - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Dont get me wrong im a true Sabres fan but why do they keep signing guys like Kaleta & Ennis who cant score? We need scorers & a center?!

    Other teams fire there coach and or GM after a couple years! Not the Sabres! They keep getting guys who are under achievers.

    Big deal the Sabres could fight now. What about players that could score!

    • danphipps01 - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Okay, so I’m just going to repeat what the last guy said until you get it: 27 points in 26 games to end last year.

      Have you figured it out yet? Anyone who can rock a point-a-game clip is completely the opposite of a guy who can’t score. Oh, and Ennis *is* a centre. A centre who, if he keeps producing the kind of numbers he is, will probably end up setting up Vanek whenever we actually get hockey back again. Which will hopefully in turn make Vanek look a little less like hot garbage and a little more like he’s actually worth that garish salary.

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