The Buffalo Sabres were busy on Tuesday, getting veteran forward Zemgus Girgensons re-signed and later in the day announcing the signing of forward Lukas Rousek to a two-year contract extension worth $1.55 million ($775,000 AAV). The deal is two-way in year one, with an AHL salary of $125,000, and one-way in the final year.
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The 24-year-old led the Rochester Americans in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) and added 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) during the Americans’ run to the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Final. He also played two games near the end of the year for the Sabres and scored his first NHL goal and an assist in two games.
Rousek was a 2019 sixth-round pick of the Sabres in 2019 and is expected to challenge for a bottom-six role with the Sabres at training camp, but even if he does not make the big club, the winger will likely be coming up and back the 90 from Rochester throughout the season as a callup when someone is injured.
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According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, DeBrincat (who the club elected to go to arbitration with) has refused to sign a long-term extension with the Senators one year away from unrestricted free agency and GM Pierre Dorion is looking to recoup some of the draft picks he used to acquire the diminutive sniper.
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