Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – One Buffalo Sabres forward will not be going to unrestricted free agency on Wednesday. A Don Granato favorite, Drake Caggiula has signed a one-year contract worth $750,000.
The 27-year-old played 11 games with the Sabres last season, scoring two goals and adding one assist. In 27 games with the Arizona Coyotes, the winger had one goal and six assists for seven points.
Granato coached Caggiula a couple years back while with the Chicago Blackhawks. The forward began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers.
Caggiula was a highly sought after college free agent after four seasons at the University of North Dakota. However, it really hasn’t worked out for him at the NHL level. He has 260 games with 44 goals and 42 assists for 86 points in five NHL seasons.
NHL Free Agency officially gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday.