Henri Jokiharju led Buffalo in plus-minus last season. ©2024, Micheline Veluvolu

After strong campaign, Sabres re-sign Henri Jokiharju to one-year contract

The Buffalo Sabres on Friday re-signed defenseman Henri Jokiharju to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

Jokiharju, 25, can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Sabres now have three unsigned restricted free agents: goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, center Peyton Krebs and winger Beck Malenstyn.

Luukkonen and Malenstyn on Friday filed for salary arbitration. If a player files, a contract can still be worked out. Hearings run from July 20 to Aug. 4.

Jokiharju enjoyed arguably a career-best year last season, compiling three goals, 20 points 24 penalty minutes and a team-best plus-14 rating in 74 games.

The Finn has registered 16 goals, 75 points, 110 penalty minutes and a minus-23 rating in 309 career NHL games.

The Sabres acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2019 in exchange for forward Alexander Nylander.

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