Thompson, who has by far the best season of his career, will significantly improve financially. His three-year, $4.2 million contract expires after the upcoming season. Already at the beginning of May, he made it clear that he would like to wear the Sabers jersey in the future.
“This is a place where I want to play for a long time. I want to be the player that helps this team win, get to the playoffs and then win the Stanley Cup. But of course, these are all just words, you need to do something to fulfill them, Thompson stated.
Buffalo acquired the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft from St. Louis four years ago in a trade for Ryan O’Reilly. He played just under seven minutes in the 2019/20 season before a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery ended his season. In the following year, he managed eight goals and six assists in 38 starts, which was his personal best.
In the past season, however, he became the driving force of the Sabres, when he collected 68 points (38+30) in 78 games as the most productive player. He thus improved his record in the NHL to 103 points (56+47) in 223 games of the regular season.
“Tage Thompson embodies the club pride we expect from every player who wears a Buffalo jersey,” Sabers general manager Kevyn Adams said. “His successful last season is a testament to his commitment to helping the team improve both on and off the ice. And we believe he will help us move even higher,” added Adams.