Tage Thompson gets 7-year, $50M extension from Sabres and more news

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The Buffalo Sabres signed 24-year-old forward Tage Thompson to a seven-year extension worth $50 million on Tuesday.

Thompson is coming off a breakout season in 2021-22 following a move to center during training camp. He led the Sabres with 38 goals and 68 points in 78 games, shattering his previous NHL career highs. He added 30 assists and also recorded four game-winning goals last season.

The new deal begins with the 2023-24 season.

Sabres extend Tage Thompson

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Apr 23, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) waits for the face-off during the second period against the New York Islanders at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

“Tage Thompson embodies the pride we expect from every player who wears the Buffalo Sabres sweater,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said in a release. “His success last season is a testament to his unrelenting dedication to his craft and commitment to bettering the team both on and off the ice, which we believe will help us reach even greater heights moving forward. We are thrilled to extend Tage, keeping him and his family in Buffalo for many years to come.”

The Sabres acquired Thompson, a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis in 2016, as part of a trade with the Blues in July 2018.

He has 103 career points (56 goals, 47 assists) in 223 games.

“This is a place I want to be at for a very long time,” he said May 1. “I want to be a guy that helps this team win and make the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup, and obviously those are all just words and you’ve got to put that into action.”

Tage Thompson via Buffalo Sabres website

Wild sign center Sam Steel

The Minnesota Wild signed center Sam Steel to a one-year, $825,000 deal on Tuesday.

Steel played in a career-best 68 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season. He had six goals, 14 assists and a career-best 27 blocked shots.

Overall, Steel has 24 goals and 41 assists in 197 career NHL games over parts of four seasons with the Ducks.

The 24-year-old has 77 blocked shots and just 52 penalty minutes in his career. He has scored six goals in each of his four seasons.

–Field Level Media