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Sabres’ Rodrigues wins in arbitration

The Associated PressBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues has been awarded a one-year, $2 million contract following an arbitration hearing.

The independent arbitrator’s ruling was announced by the Sabres on Thursday, two days after the hearing. The value of the deal represents a $1.35 million bump in pay over what Rodrigues made last season.

Rodrigues was a restricted free agent who set career highs with nine goals, 29 points and 74 games played in his fourth season with Buffalo. Overall, Rodrigues has 21 goals and 62 points in 154 NHL career games.

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