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Sabres extend Johan Larsson contract by a year

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JFL gets a small raise

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The Buffalo Sabres announced yesterday that forward Johan Larsson had signed a one-year contract for $950,000.

From the Sabres official site -

Larsson (5'11", 200 lbs., 7/25/1992) set career-high marks in games played (74), goals (10) and points (17) in his first full NHL season in 2015-16. Five of his 10 goals were game-winners, tying Jack Eichel for the Sabres' team lead. Larsson also ranked second among the team's regular faceoff men with a career-best faceoff percentage of 51.1 percent.

The Lau, Sweden native has recorded 37 points (16+21) and 58 penalty minutes in 142 games with the Sabres since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on April 3, 2013.

The player spoke with Brian Duff immediately after signing the contract -

Larsson is a popular player here on DBTB among many of you, but the writing is on the wall for him. This 'bridge' contract puts him on the spot to show General Manager Tim Murray whether he can evolve into a solid third liner or better this upcoming season.

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