Sabres re-sign RW Stafford to multiyear contract

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Drew Stafford to a multiyear contract, keeping their second-leading goal-scorer last year from becoming a free agent.

The team announced the deal Friday.

Buffalo's 2004 first-round draft pick is coming off a season in which he had 31 goals and 55 points -- both career highs -- in 62 games. He tied for third on the team in points.

Stafford's offensive punch played a key role in helping the Sabres overcome the loss of top center Derek Roy to injury in December. The Sabres went 29-11-6 since Dec. 28 to finish seventh in the Eastern Conference.

In four-plus seasons, Stafford has 94 goals and 196 points in 317 career games.