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Sabres' McCabe gets rookie maximum for three-year deal

By John Vogl

The Sabres brought prospect Jake McCabe into the organization today, and they'll welcome him to the NHL on Thursday.

Not surprisingly, he'll play for the rookie maximum of $925,000 per season.

McCabe, who burst up the organizational depth chart in 2013 when he captained the United States to  world junior gold, can earn a total base salary of $2.775 million over his three-year, entry-level deal. The first season kicks in when he takes the ice Thursday in St. Louis.

Unlike teenage junior players, the 20-year-old McCabe doesn't get the nine-game tryout before his contract kicks in. So while he'll play a maximum of seven games for Buffalo this season, they'll count as an entire season.

It's a solid tradeoff for the Sabres, who lured McCabe away from Wisconsin following his junior year. The alternate captain led the Badgers' defense with eight goals and 25 points in 36 games this season.


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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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