Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Jake McCabe

Jake McCabe

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Jake McCabe to a two-year contract extension. The Sabres officially announced the contract with an average annual value of $2.85 million today. McCabe was a restricted free agent heading to this off-season. The arbitration hearing was nearing for both sides, but both sides settled for a new deal instead.

Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Jake McCabe For Two Years

McCabe has spent parts of all six NHL seasons with Buffalo. The Sabres drafted McCabe in the second round as the 44th overall player in 2012 NHL Entry level draft. He made his NHL debut in 2014, as he played seven games at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. Prior to that, he skated on the University of Wisconsin team.

The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native has appeared in 274 games for the Sabres at the NHL level. The 25-year-old defenceman totaled 61 points (14 goals and 47 assists) and 153 penalty minutes.In the past 2018-19 season, McCabe took part in 59 contests for the Sabres, recording four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

What Does That Mean For The Future

The Sabres needed to re-sign McCabe to shore up that blueline group. After his new deal expires, in 2021, the 25-year-old blueliner will become an unrestricted free agent. Re-signing McCabe, the Sabres have now only goaltender Linus Ullmark to re-sign. He is a restricted free agent as well.

After re-signing McCabe, Buffalo has a pretty crowded defence especially after the acquisitions of Colin Miller, Brandon Montour, John Gilmour or Henri Jokiharju. As of now, the Sabres have at least 12 defencemen, who have previously appeared at the NHL level. As per CapFriendly, they have no salary cap space left.

SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 18: Jake McCabe #19 of the Buffalo Sabres in action against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on October 18, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)