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Defenseman signs 6-year contract with Sabres

NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Rasmus Ristolainen
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The Buffalo Sabres have inked stud defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a new six-year deal with an average value of $5.4 million per year.

Speaking to the Sabres’ Brian Duff in the minutes after signing his contract, the Finn expressed his happiness, and is looking forward to playing as part of what he described as a young, puck-moving defensive group.

Sabres General Manager Tim Murray also expressed satisfaction in tying up this key asset with just two days to go before the beginning of a new season.

"Rasmus has already proven to be a pivotal player on our blue line and we are eager to have him back with the team.

"This deal is a reflection of the hard work and improvement Rasmus has shown since being drafted and we hope to see him continue on this trajectory moving forward."

From the Sabres website -

Ristolainen (6'4", 207 lbs., 10/27/1994) established new career-highs and led all Sabres defensemen in games played (82), goals (9), assists (32) and points (41) last season. He also ranked 10th in the NHL with an average time on ice per game of 25:16 and ninth among NHL defensemen with 202 shots. In September, he represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, tallying six shots and averaging 23:02 of ice time in three tournament games.