As the rest of the hockey world focuses on their bigger names, and the trades and buyouts that could come with them this summer, the Buffalo Sabres are focused on maintaining and upgrading their current roster. Which is why they made the move to re-sign restricted free agent Mike Weber to a new contract.
This isn’t a signing that’s going to make a ton of noise for Buffalo, and Weber isn’t the type of player that’s going to make a different as to whether or not they get to the playoffs or make an early trip to the golf course, but he’s a solid player back on the blue line for the Sabres, nonetheless.
The deal is for three years, and carries a total value of $5 million. For what Weber brings to the table, that’s a pretty fair value. He finally saw an increased role with the Sabres and was able to take advantage of it, providing some consistent play back on the Buffalo blue line.
Weber played in 42 games for the Sabres in 2013, the highest percentage of his team’s games in which he’s appeared to this point in his time with Buffalo. He’s not the type of guy that’s going to add too much to the mix offensively, with just seven points on the season, but he did finish with a plus-3 rating.
What the 25-year-old does do back there is add some steady play and some grit. His 6’2″ frame can bring the physical play, with 122 hits last year. He’ll get down and block some shots as well, with over 90 blocked shots in each of the last three seasons. All in all, he’s a player that was worth bringing back for the Sabres, and they got him at a fair price.