Mike Weber could finally earn regular duty next season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres re-sign Mike Weber to 3-year contract

BUFFALO – The Sabres have re-signed gritty defenseman Mike Weber, who would’ve become a restricted free agent next month, to a three-year contract, the team announced Thursday night.

After years of struggling to stay in the lineup, the 25-year-old appears to have finally earned a regular spot. Weber sat the first five games last season before playing 42 of the final 43 tilts.

It was nothing new for Weber, who was scratched first 10 games in 2011-12 and 20 of the opening 22 contests in 2010-11.

Weber had one goal, seven points and 70 penalty minutes last season. His 92 blocked shots led the Sabres and his 122 hits ranked second. The Pittsburgh native has six goals, 32 points and 236 penalty minutes in 174 NHL games.

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