The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year contract extension worth $1.7 million, the team announced Tuesday.
The new deal is a promotion in a sense as he signed a one-year deal worth $1.05 million with Buffalo prior to last season.
Hinstroza put up 13 goals and 12 assists in 62 games. The 28-year-old, originally from Chicago, has 137 career points (51 goals, 86 assists) in 334 NHL games with the Sabers, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and Arizona Coyotes.
Hinostroza notched a season-high three points (two goals, one assist) in Buffalo’s win over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2022 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic outdoor game on March 13 in Hamilton.
In the final weeks of the season, Hinostroza expressed a desire to remain in Buffalo, where he reunited with coach Don Granato, whom he played for with the Blackhawks.
“This is a place I want to be,” Hinostroza said. “I don’t want to keep moving around. I want to be somewhere that I love and I love it here.”