The Sabres drafted Zemgus Girgensons in 2012. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu

Reports: Sabres close to re-signing Zemgus Girgensons

The Sabres are close to re-signing winger Zemgus Girgensons to a three-year contract extension, according to The Buffalo News and TVA.

The deal has an average annual value of around $2 million, according to Sportsnet.

Update: The contract has a $2.2 million average annual value, according to TSN.

Girgensons could hit the open market Friday as an unrestricted free agent.

Update: The Sabres have officially announced the new contract.

The Latvian, 26, has developed into a dogged third- or fourth-line checker capable of chipping in offense. He scored 12 goals in 69 outings – three short of his career high – before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the Sabres’ season early.

The Sabres drafted Girgensons 14th overall in 2012. He has compiled 61 goals and 138 points over his seven-year NHL career. He has played 489 games without making a playoff appearance.

Girgensons earned $1.6 million last season.

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