Today, the Buffalo Sabres announced they have re-signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract worth $1,600,000 ($800,000 AAV).

"Curtis established himself as an important player for the organization last season and we're excited to see him stay with the Sabres for the next two seasons." "His abilities as a player and character as a person make him a perfect fit for the Buffalo Sabres organization on and off the ice," General manager Kevyn Adams said in a statement.

After the signing was announced, the Sabres tweeted a video from Lazar who talked about his excitement to be in Buffalo for the next couple of seasons.

Lazar, 25, was drafted in the first round, 15th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL entry draft. On March 1st 2017, Lazar was traded from Ottawa to Calgary where he spent the next couple season between the Flames and their AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. He then became a free agent on July 1st 2019, and signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

In 284 career NHL games, Lazar has 61 points (20 G, 41 A), 68 penalty minutes, and is a -20. He spent the 2019-20 season between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. In 38 games with Buffalo, Lazar put up 10 points (5 G, 5 A), 9 penalty minutes, and was a -3. In 18 games with Rochester, he had 14 points (6 G, 8 A), 6 penalty minutes, and was a +10.

Lazar had a very successful junior hockey career winning the WHL championship twice (2011-12 and 2013-14), and the the Memorial Cup in 2014. He also captained Canada to a World Junior gold medal at the 2015 edition of the tournament where Canada went undefeated at 7-0. Arguably one of Canada's best World Junior teams ever.

Hopefully, Lazar can stick in the Sabres lineup and find some consistency over the next couple of season. He still has plenty of potential, and if he can kick it into another gear, like he did in junior, the Sabres are going to have a good player on their hands.

Source: Buffalo Sabres
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020  (18H28)