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Report: Sabres, Ennis agree to five-year extension

Jul 16, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Tyler Ennis

According to reports, Buffalo will make last year’s second-leading scorer its second-highest paid forward.

The club is close to announcing an extension for current RFA Tyler Ennis, per NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes. Ennis, 24, will reportedly ink a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $23M — if accurate, it would give Ennis a $4.6M cap hit, putting him only behind Matt Moulson ($5 million annually) among Sabres forwards.

Ennis’ deal comes on the heels of a pretty solid ’13-14 campaign, in which he scored a career-high 21 goals in 80 games, finishing with 43 points (Cody Hodgson led the team with 44.) Ennis also logged a career-high 18:51 TOI per game last season and finished third on the team in total faceoffs taken, though had a lousy winning percentage (38.7).

His offensive production should further increase this season after GM Tim Murray’s big summer splash. Free agents Moulson and Brian Gionta, along with Sam Reinhart — the second overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — should all improve facets of Buffalo’s offense, and a full season of a healthy Chris Stewart will likely translate into more goals as well.

As for confirmation of the Ennis deal, the Sabres weren’t confirming anything — per the Buffalo News — but the News’ Mike Harrington did have this to say:

  1. pmonte3122 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Solid signing.

  2. cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I’ll still feel a bit better once this is official, but I’m definitely glad to read this. I was starting to wonder what was going on with Ennis. Seems like a good deal though. Tim Murray really did not over-pay anyone he has signed, which I think a lot of people thought would be the case this offseason in order to hit the cap floor (i kinda thought so). Even though I expect Buffalo to still be a bottom 5 team next season, I could not be happier with the direction in which they are going (especially since TM took over). I can’t tell you how good a feeling that is after being left shaking my head by so many moves made by the previous GM. It’s so great to see so many players really buying into the culture change taking place in Buffalo too. It’s an exciting time to be a Buffalo fan (in my opinion).

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Just to remind you, the “previous GM” is the guy responsible for the current pipeline of promising players plus tons of draft picks.

      • cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Yeah for sure man, I totally agree. Darcy made some very good moves but he also made many moves that left me wondering what they were thinking. So far, TM has not made any moves that I don’t understand (I’m assuming that will eventually change, but so far so good in my opinion).

      • nflfan4now - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Give it a break, Regier will go down as the worst gm in Sabre’s history. Wow, he was able to trade a few guys for draft picks! Our pipeline sucks other then last years picks. If our pipeline was so great, don’t you think the Amerk’s would have gotten out of the first round of playoffs?
        Over 16 years he had one decent team, and that was his second year with players he didn’t acquire.

  3. stevepopo - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Ennis Envy!

  4. pmonte3122 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    There’s no doubt that in the direction they’re going, they’ll be a powerhouse in 5 years.

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      LOL!! .@ . ^^^…

    • elrock7 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Sarcasm?

  5. stevepopo - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Tim Murray can drop the mic now, all the RFAs are signed. Except one.. Luke Adam. Did anyone else think it was a bit odd that at the Sabres Dev Camp scrimmage last night that B. Martin was wearing #72?

    Luke Adam.. From NHL All-Star game as a rookie to ?

    • westinpat - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      There were a few players wearing current roster numbers. I think they just had some left over practice jerseys and just handed them out. But I also thought I read somewhere that Adam signed an offer sheet with another team.

      • TestSubjekt - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Yeah because Luke Adam is THAT talented that a team will forfeit draft picks to acquire him.

        I could see from his point why he would. Going up and down between Buffalo and Rochester.

        But I can’t see why another NHL team would sign an AHLer to an offer sheet, when there are still plenty of free agents who are better than Luke Adam available.

      • cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Curious where you seen that. I know for sure that Buffalo made him a qualifying offer. I haven’t heard of him signing it yet though.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I really like this team that Murray (and Regier) has assembled. I mean they just have so many 1st and 2nd round guys in the organization it’s hard to keep track. In a few years they’ll have enviable depth, especially if the Islanders and them have repeat performances… getting two top-5 picks in the next draft would be huge. And Murray brought in some players (Gionta, Gorges, Moulson, Stewart) to make the transition years a lot easier. I’ve never liked the Sabres but I’m excited to see them get back to a level where there’s a legitimate rivalry with the Flyers again. In the late 90s thru the mid 2000s it always seemed like the two met in the playoffs.

  7. buffalo65 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Happy with the direction of the team. Not sure I understand the Reiger bashing though. He was solid over his years with limited resources. His biggest missteps came when pressured to spend to appease his new owner. Other than that he did buffalo well.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      You are 100% correct about Regier. The local media bashed him unmercifully and everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. Naturally a team has to dive in order to rebuild, and the poor performance added to the anti-Regier mania.

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      I agree for the most part. I was not in on all that “fire Darcy” stuff. But in saying that, I could not be happier with Tim Murray and company so far. I’d take TM over DR any day of the week.

    • nflfan4now - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Give me a break, 16 years of Regier and all we have to show for it are a bunch of low draft picks because he screwed the team up so bad. THREE different rebuilds, and they all sucked. He took a team that was in the finals (due to GM Muckler) in his second year tro being the worst team in the NHL. He got lucky on a very few trades, generally he couldn’t make trades.
      He has a perfect job now, he’s an assistant!!!

  8. nflfan4now - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I can’t believe Sabre fans are so happy that the team sucks so bad they get high draft picks, and then think it’s just great Regier set them up to do it.
    I wish I could get credit at work for being terrible, making our company a laughing stock.
    Regier had 16 years in his job, he attempted 3 rebuilds – each of which he totally screwed up.
    Regier took a very proud franchise and made them a laughingstock. The guy should have been run out of town a long time ago.

    OK, Bullwinker, see how many up votes this gets vs your posts saying how great your man love Regier was.

    • cantescapekarma - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Nah, you got it all wrong (i dont know anything about this bullwinkle person that you mention, but) The fans were calling for Darcy’s head at the beginning of last season. We were not happy at all that he put us in this position. That “suffering” comment DR made was terrible. I think Darcy Regier’s greatest talent was his ability to sell team owners on his job security. He was able to last roughly 16 years through 3 owners. If he was still running this rebuild, the fans would be hating life and some may have even abandoned the team by now.
      Since Pat LaFontaine came in and brought Craig Patrick, Tim Murray and Ted Nolan in, things have changed big time. I feel that it’s a night and day difference. Darcy was going to drag this rebuild out as long as possible in order to try and secure his job for another 5+ years (that is why he loaded up on college players in these recent drafts, because they take 4 years to develop instead of 2 like juniors players). Tim Murray & Ted Nolan are doing things the right way and you can see their passion for the job transfer to the players and even the fans. That is why the fans are so excited to watch this team develop. It has nothing to do with liking the team sucking this badly for high picks. It’s that the fans have embraced this rebuild now that new management is running it and since we’ve already gone through hell last season, we may as well do things right and get McDavud or Eichel next year so Buffalo can dominate the NHL in the coming years.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        P.S. And I don’t rate the credibility of my knowledge on the approval of others. A few hundred years ago I would have received 100% thumbs down for declaring that the Earth is round.

        You can find tons of fools and followers…but only a few who are smart enough to not follow the herd.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      You don’t know much about hockey. That’s obvious.

      From 2000 – 2010 the Sabres have drafted more guys who ended up playing in the NHL than any other team in the league. That’s on Darcy. His drafts were obviously much better than you think. And considering he had only one top 5 pick and everyone else was a mid-round pick, those results are excellent!

      Now, consider that he did this with bad ownership until Pegula, and those results are outstanding!

      PLUS, the Sabres were over .500 under Regier.

      PLUS he made four serious runs for the Cup.

      And we had the highest quality prospects in the league when Murray took over. In fact Murray has acknowledged the fact that the quality of our youth and the number of draft picks we have has made his job a lot easier.

      People who know hockey (not you) are aware of this and give Darcy a lot of credit for where this team is heading.

      I suggest you stick with the Bills – they are more your speed.

  9. President Charles Logan - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Boofalo fans have been dreaming and boasting of this bright future rebuild for …………………….. years … what’s it ever got you? .. depending on and hoping for draft picks to pan out is like planning your financial future on hopes that you hit the lottery someday . I suppose it has to get better for ya’ll eventually but to even remotely think of using the word “powerhouse” even within 5 years is absolutely hysterical at best.

    • nflfan4now - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      You are thinking of the Regier years, and you are absolutely correct with your rebuild statement, Regier couldn’t rebuild anything.
      As far as depending on high draft picks, check out the top teams. If you don’t get a #1 or 2 stud pick you aren’t going to be a champ. Many teams just hover around in the top 10 of the league, but to be champ you need the superstar.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        I suggest you stop posting. You’re embarrassing yourself.

      • obamareallysucks - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        bullwinkle88 can’t find his AIDS cream

  10. drvannostrund - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Regier was a fairly effective GM when it came to making trades; the Vanek trade was outright robbery and trading Warrener for Chris Drury was a great trade. However, I think Regier was horrible at evaluating free agent talent and making quality free agent acquisitions. The Leino signing was awful and Regier also over-valued in-house players when giving them new free agent contracts.

  11. zinger99 - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    These Buffalo fans who fiercely defend mediocrity get exactly what they deserve- mediocrity! No,by all means,stick up for a GM who was there for a decade too long and nothing to show for it. Buffalo sports fans are sheep. And to the ones who actually are angry-find a new team! Because in Buffalo,stagnation is a way of life.Fans are no different than the athletes. We are free agents as well. See how a losing environment lowers one’s expectations to the point where they justify incompetence? For those fans,I hope Buffalo has a season just like last year forever because that’s what they deserve. When Chicago was ruined by “Dollar Bill” Wirtz,the United Center wasn’t even half full. Smart fans. Staying away doesn’t make you less a fan. Loyalty is a TWO way street! Once again,Buffalo hasn’t gotten the memo. Yes, Buffalo fans.Gaze upon your division banners oh so lovingly. It’s all you’ll ever see. Or deserve.

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