Sabres sign Stafford to multi-year deal

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM EDT

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Sabres sign Stafford to multi-year deal

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW.com) The Buffalo Sabres have announced that the team has signed forward Drew Stafford to a multi-year deal. We're told it's a four-year deal worth 16 million dollars. Stafford was set to become an restricted free agent on July 1st.



The talented forward is coming off a career year for the Sabres. Stafford tied for second on the team with a career high 31 goals in 62 games. In five seasons with Buffalo, Stafford has 196 points (94+102) in 317 career games



"I couldn't be more happy with the way it went", Stafford told Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo on Friday night. "Buffalo is an organization that I believe is going in the right direction. I am excited and feel priveliged to be a part of the organzations future. I believe we have a great chance to bring a championship to Buffalo, to our fans, who I believe are the best in the league.", Stafford continued.



“It was important for us to get Drew locked up,” said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. “What we saw from Drew this season is exactly what we envisioned when we drafted him. Drew will continue to be an important part of our team in the coming years.”



Stafford was the Sabres first round pick, 31st overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

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