Aug 11: Sheahan’s contract includes a $375K AHL salary, according to CapFriendly.
Sheahan, 30, spent last season with the Seattle Kraken, registering 17 points in 69 games. He also cleared waivers in November though, leading to four games in the minor leagues, his first time in the AHL since 2013-14.
It perhaps is that fact that makes this contract structure so interesting. It’s not often a two-way contract has an NHL salary as high as $950K. Sheahan will be nicely rewarded if he can make the roster but that isn’t guaranteed, given how many other players will be in camp.
The Sabres already had ten forwards signed to one-way deals, with a large group of entry-level prospects pushing for playing time. Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs, and Jack Quinn are all likely to make the opening day group, which doesn’t necessarily leave a lot of room for Sheahan.
Still, with more than 600 games of NHL experience and a strong defensive pedigree at center ice, he represents nice depth for the Sabres to add this late in the summer.