The Sabres have taken one of their restricted free agents off the market, agreeing to terms with Paul Gaustad on a four-year deal worth $9.2 million. The big forward and fan favorite will earn $1.7 million this season and $2.5 in each of the three years after that.
The 6-foot-4 center was a long shot to make the NHL in 2000 after being drafted in the seventh round, but he continued improving and was in the middle of the Sabres' third line last season. He 10 goals and 26 assists. He is coming off sports hernia surgery but will be fine before the season begins in September.