BUFFALO NY - JANUARY 21: Marc-Andre Gragnani #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena on January 21 2011 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Sabres final free agent, Marc-Andre Gragnani, has agreed to terms to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, according to a team announcement on Thursday. Gragnani was the team leader in points during the Sabres seven game with seven points in seven games and three points in his nine game stint with the team during the regular season.
In Gragnani's career, he has a total of 15 games played so Gragnani should be a restricted free agent again next year when his one year contract ends. It's curious to see Gragnani sign just a one year deal with the logjam that is going to be at defense over the next few years. It is going to be hard for Gragnani to crack the lineup as it appears that he is currently slotted in the sixth or seventh position on the depth chart, fighting for that final starting spot for with Mike Weber.
This is going to be a make or break year for Gragnani to try and make a name for himself in the NHL and try and score a bigger contract in the offseason. If he doesn't become a major player for the Sabres, he could become a good piece to trade at the deadline to make up for a deficiency somewhere else.