The Buffalo Sabres have inked forward Tage Thompson to a seven-year contract extension with an AAV of $7.1 million.
The deal comes after a career year for Thompson, who scored 38 goals and 68 points in 78 games. His previous career-high was eight goals and 14 points in 2020-21, struggling to find his true form until his fifth NHL season.
The offensive rise wasn't completely a surprise, though, with Thompson putting up an impressive 64 points in 70 NCAA games with the University of Connecticut.
The Sabres have struggled in recent years, but with Thompson's big rise, the arrivals of Owen Power, Dylan Cozens and Jack Quinn, with the now experienced Rasmus Dahlin leading the way on the blueline, the Sabres are headed for a bright future. Getting Thompson, a key part of that core, signed long-term only helps that vision.