Johan Larsson (right) battles Florida’s Brandon Pirri on Jan. 5. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres have re-signed center Johan Larsson to a one-year contract, the club announced today.

The deal is worth $950,000, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Larsson, 23, was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Swede just finished his most productive NHL season, compiling 10 goals and 17 points in 74 games, all career highs. His five game-winning goals tied Jack Eichel for the team lead.

After months of so-so play and getting scratched, Larsson started pivoting Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta in the winter, and the line quickly became the Sabres’ steadiest.

Larsson has 16 goals, 37 points and 58 penalty minutes in 142 NHL games. The Sabres acquired him from the Minnesota Wild in 2013.

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