An independent arbitrator found middle ground between the salary figures exchanged by the Buffalo Sabres and Evan Rodrigues' agent.
Rodrigues, a 25-year-old restricted free agent forward who played a career-high 74 games with the team last season, was awarded a $2 million, one-year contract Thursday, a little more than 48 hours after his salary arbitration hearing in Toronto.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that Rodrigues and the Sabres were $1.1 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged ahead of the hearing. Rodrigues was seeking $2.65 million, and the Sabres were offering $1.5 million.
Rodrigues, who has played 154 games with the team since signing as a college free agent in April 2015, made $650,000 last season, his fourth with the Sabres.
He had a strong arbitration case when he chose to file earlier this month.