By Kenn Oliver
Luke Adam signed a new contract on Monday that will keep him in the Buffalo Sabres' organization for the next year.
The Kilbride native inked a one-year, two-way contract worth $735,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 in the American Hockey League.
“I wasn’t too concerned,” says Adam.
“I thought I had put forth a good enough first three years to be put in that position.
“I think there’s a good opportunity in Buffalo.”
Adam scored one goal in four games for the Sabres, while also recording 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 67 games in Rochester last season, his third as a pro after being selected by the Sabres in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
He played in 19 games with the Sabres in his rookie 2010-11 season, and started the 2011-12 campaign as one of the team’s top forwards. He responded with 10 goals and 10 assists, but was demoted to Rochester in January, playing in 27 games.
With returning centres Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and rookie of the year candidate Mikhail Grigorenko already in the mix, Adam will have his work cut out for him earning at a spot at the Sabres’ faceoff circle.
“You try not to look at the roster because, for any player going to training camp, things can happen in a hurry,” says Adam, who becomes waiver eligible in his fourth year as a pro.
“There’s definitely an opportunity there and that’s one of the main reasons that I’m excited to sign. There’s a chance for my game to fit in on that team, I’ve just got to earn myself a spot out of training camp.”