The Buffalo Sabres and defenseman Jake McCabe avoided arbitration by reaching a two-year deal, the team announced on Saturday.
The deal will pay McCabe $2.85 million annually. He was reportedly seeking $4.3 million for next season in arbitration, with the Sabres offering $1.95 million.
McCabe, 25, was a second-round pick by the Sabres in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had four goals and 10 assists in 59 games last season and has 14 goals and 47 assists in 274 career games, all with Buffalo.
The agreement leaves the Sabres with just one unsigned restricted free agent — goalie Linus Ullmark. Ullmark’s arbitration case is scheduled for next week.