The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Brandon Montour to a one-year, $3.85 million contract, the team announced tonight.
Montour was the Sabres’ only restricted free agent to pass on filing for salary arbitration earlier today.
But Montour, 26, settled down as the season progressed, and his plus-13 rating led the Sabres. He also compiled five goals and 18 points in 58 outings.
“He’s someone the coaching staff really felt took a step last year as the season went on,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said on a conference call earlier this week.
There was a belief the Sabres might pass on giving Montour a qualifying offer. Former GM Jason Botterill acquired him from the Anaheim Ducks before the 2019 trade deadline. The Sabres have been tightening up financially, and Montour was due a big payday.
“We believe in Brandon and believe he’s a good player,” Adams said.
Montour has compiled 24 goals and 91 points in 243 career NHL games.