Sabres sign Girgensons to three-year contract

Zemgus Girgensons will earn an average of $2.2 million per-year with his new deal

Zemgus Girgensons isn't going anywhere for another three years.

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Friday that Girgensons has signed a three-year contract worth an average annual value of $2.2 million.

The initial news of Girgensons re-signing with the Sabres was first reported on Thursday night by NHL reporter Renaud Lavoie from TVA Sports in Quebec.

Girgensons is the longest-tenured member of the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the first round (14th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 2013-14 season, where he appeared in 70 games, scoring eight goals and adding 14 assists for 22 points.

Over the course of his seven-year career in Buffalo, the 26-year-old has registered 138 points (61+77) in 489 games. His career-year came back in the 2014-15 season when put up career-highs in goals (15), assists (15) and points (30) and was an NHL All-Star.

This past season was a nice bounce back year for Girgensons as he scored 12 goals and registered seven assists for 19 points in all 69 games played before the regular season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His 12 goals are his highest total since his career-year back in his second season.

Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen are the only other players to make their Sabres debuts in the same season as Girgensons. However, Larsson is expected to test the free agent market on Friday and could be signing elsewhere.

Girgensons was set to become an unrestricted free agent when free agency opens on Friday.