The Buffalo Sabres on Friday announced the team signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a one-year contract with an average annual value of $1.6 million.
Last season, Girgensons (age 25, 6’2”, 211 pounds) played 72 games for the Sabres and recorded 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists), all of which came at even strength. His 18 even-strength points marked Girgensons’ highest total since he recorded a career-high 23 even-strength points in 2014-15.
Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Girgensons has recorded 119 points (49/70) and 120 penalty minutes in 420 career NHL games for Buffalo and appeared in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. The Riga, Latvia, native has represented his country numerous times, including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.