Sabres sign Malone to one-year contract

July 12, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres announced the signing of forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two way contract late Thursday morning. The Buffalo native was the Sabres' sixth-round draft choice back in 2013, and is coming off his first full professional season spent with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.

In 73 games this year, Malone tallied 12 goals and 22 points. Those 12 goals were good for second on the team among fellow rookies, behind C.J. Smith.

He also added two points in the team's three playoff games this past season.

Malone has one game of NHL experience under his belt, making his debut with Buffalo in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season.

The deal is reportedly worth $787,500 at the NHL level.

The 23-year-old started last season injured, but managed to play a consistent game down the middle for the entire season. By the end of the season, Malone became one of the most dependable centers for head coach Chris Taylor, and became the team's second line center.

Malone is expected to enter the mix in the preseason to potentially earn a spot in the bottom-six for the Sabres for the 2018-19 campaign.