Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to 2-year, $7.3 million contract

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year contract worth $7.3 million.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year contract worth $7.3 million.

Reinhart was a restricted free agent and missed the first five days of training camp, and two preseason games, before signing his contract during the team's day off on Wednesday.

The delay in reaching a deal was partly a result of Reinhart's inconsistent production during his three-plus NHL seasons since the Sabres selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft.

Reinhart's inconsistencies were apparent last year, when he managed seven goals and six assists in his first 44 games. He closed the season by scoring 18 goals and 19 assists in his final 38 games, and finished with a career-best 25 goals and 50 points.

Overall, the 22-year-old has 65 goals and 140 points in 249 career games.

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John Wawrow, The Associated Press