Don Granato signs two-year extension
The Buffalo Sabres have signed Head Coach Don Granato to a two-year contract extension through 2025-2026. Terms have not been disclosed. Granato has ingratiated himself with fans and players alike.
“Don’s passion for the game and leadership skills have been on display since the moment we met,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said. “He is someone who the players have a tremendous amount of respect for, and he dedicates himself to bettering each individual on the team.
“Don’s mentality of ‘earning it’ resonates throughout the team — it is more than just a mindset, it is a driving force for our players and staff. I appreciate his thoughtfulness when it comes to developing our players and the open communication we are able to have about the team. I am happy to extend Don’s contract, keeping him in Western New York for many years to come.”
“Donny Meatballs” has 41-55-14 record since being named Head Coach in 2020.
Mattias Samuelsson signs a 7-year, $30 Million Extension
After just 54 NHL games, The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Mattias Samuelsson to a 7 year contract with an annual average value of just under $4.3 Million.
Samuelsson is 22 years old and heading into his first full NHL season. He was drafted 32nd overall in what was then the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has been steadily partnered with Rasmus Dahlin as the team’s top pairing. At 6′-4″ and 230 pounds, he is a strong physical presence in the defensive zone which compliments Dahlin well.
Samuelsson projects out to be a solid defensive player and now a core component as the Sabres look to grow together moving forward. The Sabres will take the ice in the opener on Thursday night with the youngest roster in the NHL.