The Buffalo Sabres have done a little bit of RFA work, signing Brandon Biro to a new two-year contract. The deal will carry an average annual value of $762.5K, meaning that the young forward will earn the NHL minimum in both years.
Biro, 24, was really just barely getting his feet wet in professional hockey this season, after playing in only 15 games for the Rochester Americans in 2020-21. It was an impressive 2021-22 campaign for the undrafted free agent from Penn State, who racked up 41 points in 48 games at the AHL level and even made his NHL debut.
This two-year deal will give him some added stability and allow him to focus on his development, or even compete for a job in camp. Given that he is still waiver-exempt, it may be difficult to land that full-time role in Buffalo. More likely, he’ll split time between the two levels this season, playing a big role for the Americans while adding another handful of games in the NHL. As the Sabres grow an exciting young core of high picks, they’ll also need players like this to fill in the gaps.