The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly agreed to terms with defenseman Jake McCabe on a three-year contract extension worth $4.8 million, according to General Fanager. The 22-year-old McCabe, Buffalo’s second-round pick from the 2012 NHL Draft, appeared in 77 games for the Sabres last season, with four goals and 14 points. That’s his first full season in the NHL, after making appearances in each of the previous two seasons. The 2015-16 season represented the final year of McCabe’s entry-level contract, which came with a $925,000 cap hit. His reported cap hit for next season is $1.6 million. The Sabres have not officially announced a deal. Buffalo still needs to sign RFA defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen
Didn’t take Steve Thomas long to find a new job. Thomas, released from Jon Cooper’s staff in Tampa Bay earlier this month, has agreed to join the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach to Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis, the club announced on Thursday. Assistants Kirk Muller and Brad Shaw then departed — Muller to Montreal, Shaw to Columbus — and GM Doug Armstrong filled one of the vacancies by hiring Mike Yeo, who will take over head coaching duties in ’17-18.