Girgensons signs one-year qualifying offer with Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres announced on Friday that forward Zemgus Girgensons has signed his restricted free agent qualifying offer, which is a one-year contract for $1.6 million.

We have signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a one-year contract with an AAV of $1.6 million.Details:

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 5, 2019

Girgensons, 25, was a former first round pick in 2012 and will be back for his seventh season with the Sabres. Girgensons has recorded 119 points (49+70) in his six seasons with Buffalo, including a 30-point campaign (15+15) in his second season where he was named to the 2015 NHL All Star Game. Girgensons is now eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season.

The Sabres have five restricted free agents that remain unsigned in defenseman Jake McCabe, goaltender Linus Ullmark and forwards Evan Rodrigues, Johan Larsson and Remi Elie. All of Buffalo's restricted free agents can file for salary arbitration by 5 p.m. on Friday.