The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Mark Mancari to a one-year, two way contract, according to Capgeek.com, that will see him receive a significant pay increase if he plays in Portland this upcoming season.
Mancari, 25, has played the last five years in the American Hockey League with both the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans and has consistently been one of the top forwards in the AHL.
Over his AHL career, he’s scored 119 goals, 177 assists for 296 points in 362 games.
It’s safe to subscribe to the theory that this is a make-or-break season for Mancari, who is looking to stick full time with the Sabres. Mancari, at the end of last season, made it evidently clear that he didn’t want to return to the Buffalo organization on a two-way deal, feeling that he paid his dues in the American Hockey League.
“My goal is a one-way contract and to play in Buffalo,” said Mancari as the team disbanded for the summer. “I really have to make a decision and hopefully Buffalo can make that easy for me. I need to make a decision that right for me and for my family.”
At 6-4, 225-pounds, Mancari has 16 games of NHL experience with the Sabres, scoring two goals, three assists for five points.
With the Sabres buying out the contract of forward Tim Kennedy, it can be assumed that Mancari viewed this as an opportunity to make Buffalo’s roster, or at worse, it’s an audition showing his talent to the other 29 teams on the waiver wire if he’s assigned to Portland.
If assigned to Portland, the London, ON native will receive a healthy raise on the AHL portion of his contract paying him $105,000, up from the $50,000 he earned last season.
Mancari was a seventh round draft pick (#207 overall) of the Sabres in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.