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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Sabres re-signed centre Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth $23 million, addressing one of the final pieces of their off-season rebuilding plan. Two people familiar with the agreement revealed the terms to The Associated Press. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres referred to the contract only as a multiyear deal. Ennis will make $7.3 million this season, $4.75 million in 2015-16, and $3.65 million in each of the final three seasons of the contract, one of the people said. Ennis was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by tendering him an offer last month. Buffalo has re-signed four of its five restricted free agents. Only forward Luke Adam remains unsigned. Ennis is a speedy, playmaking forward who led the Sabres with a career-best 21 goals and added 22 assists in 80 games last season. Last month, general manager Tim Murray spoke highly of Ennis and how he might help revive the team. Last season, the Sabres (21-51-10) finished last, set a franchise record for losses, and established a post-NHL-expansion-era low by scoring just 150 goals. "I like his approach to the game. I like his compete level. I like his speed," Murray said. "Theres a lot of things I like about him, and if we can do a long-term deal with him, then obviously the decision weve made is wed go forward with him." Ennis was the second of Buffalos two 2008 first-round draft picks. He is a two-time 20-goal scorer and has 69 goals and 97 assists in 267 games over four-plus seasons with the Sabres. Murray has already been busy restocking the Sabres this summer. Buffalo made a splash in free agency by signing forwards Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta and defencemen Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros. Center Sam Reinhart, selected with the No. 2 pick in the draft last month, will also have a shot at making the team. China Jerseys 2020 . 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Only Tampa Bay at 2-10 figures to have no shot at winning the NFC South crown. Whichever team gets into the playoffs there is going to be no apologies for it, said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Thats part of the game. You play the game that you play, they fall the way they may. Believe me, I think New Orleans is a good football team, as I do Atlanta, and I think were still a good football team. The Panthers didnt look like a very good football team when they lost their sixth game in a row last Sunday with a 31-13 setback to the Minnesota Vikings, who blocked a pair of punts they returned for touchdowns. Cam Newton completed 18-of-35 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Carolina, which is 1-8-1 since beginning the season with consecutive wins. Carolina tallied 348 yards, outgaining Minnesota by 138, but its first six points of the game came on Graham Gano field goals before Newton completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Philly Brown in the third quarter. We need to do a better job of scoring touchdowns when we get into position, said Rivera. We had two chances early in the game, but had to settle for field goals. Touchdowns in those situations could have changed the complexion of the game. The Saints had little trouble scoring touchdowns this past Sunday in Pittsburgh as Drew Brees threw five scoring passes to five different receivers in a 35-32 win over the Steelers. Brees finished with 257 yards for the Saints (5-7), who put a three-game losing streak to rest. He recorded the seventh five-touchdown, zero- interception game of his career, an NFL record. My process doesnt change regardless of whether people are singing my praises or telling me I cant play anymore. I really dont care, said a defiant Brees, addressing rumors from earlier in the week that the Saints are looking to draft his replacement. Mark Ingram racked up 122 yards on 23 carries, while Kenny Stills posted 162 yards and a score on five receptions. Marques Colston, Benjamin Watson, Nick Toon and Erik Lorig added a TD catch apiece. The Saints trail 20-19 in their all-time series with the Panthers despite a 28-10 victory in Carolina on Oct. 30. New Orleans hasnt swept its season series with Carolina since 2011. Ingram keyed the Week 9 win with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. WHAT TO WATCH FOR Brees once again has the Saints offense in top form, with the club ranking second in the NFL with 430.3 yards per game. New Orleans also is third with 303.9 passing yards per game, but the emergence of Ingram, who leads the NFL with 608 rushing yards since Week 8, has balanced out the attack. Brees has thrown for over 300 yards with at least four touchdown passes in three straight home games versus the Panthers, posting a 129.8 passer rating. One key to slowing down the Saints offense is the play of Panthers middle linnebacker Luke Kuechly, who leads his team with 125 tackles and posted two sacks against the Vikings.dddddddddddd. Brees said it is rare that a middle linebacker like Kuechly can impact a quarterback, but the young playmaker does it well. And for being such a young player too, you can see just how knowledgeable he is about the game and about his opponent, added Brees. On each and every snap he is getting guys lined up. He is making adjustments. He is anticipating where the ball is going, run pass hes as good as he is in the run game. Really he is a total player. Carolinas 21st-ranked offense has not been as effective, with Newton posting a 78.9 passer rating on the season while getting picked off 11 times to 13 touchdown passes. He also ranks second on the team in rushing with 342 yards behind only Jonathan Stewart (408 yards). Stewart had 85 yards on 12 carries versus the Vikings, good for a 7.1 average per carry and Newton added 49 yards on nine carries, but DeAngelo Williams suffered a fractured right hand in the game after logging 21 yards on seven carries. Williams can play through the injury as long as the swelling isnt too bad, but its another blow to an inconsistent ground game. Fozzy Whittaker would see more carries behind Stewart if Williams cant perform. Not only that, but the Panthers started a different offensive line for a sixth week in a row versus the Vikings, with Mike Remmers making his first start at right tackle with Nate Chandler lost to a knee injury. Carolina, though, was able to post 178 yards rushing against Minnesota and New Orleans ranks 23rd against the run. He played to his strengths, Rivera told his teams website of Remmers. Hes got good footwork, good hand placement and he moves well. Hes a smart, crafty guy. He understands what were doing. He did some good things. We did some things to help him as well, and as a whole I thought the unit did a nice job. Two of the leagues top tight ends will be on the field in New Orleans. The Saints Jimmy Graham is tied for the NFL lead among tight ends with 65 catches, is second with nine touchdowns and fourth in yards with 670. Graham has a touchdown in six straight versus Carolina. Greg Olsen of Carolina, meanwhile, is second in his position with 778 yards and fourth in receptions with 61 to go along with five TDs. He is on the verge of a third straight 800-yard season. The Panthers held the Vikings to 210 yards last weekend, but will be better tested by Brees this weekend. Playing in the (Superdome) is a challenge and we will have to be at our best, noted Rivera. We have shown the ability to play well, but have not been able to do it consistently enough and will need to do that against a very good football team. OVERALL ANALYSIS Its a miracle that both of these clubs still have a shot at the playoffs, but that is how the cards have fallen. Though a Dec. 21 home test with Atlanta figures to be the key game down the stretch, New Orleans cant look past Carolina. It starts with this game. You want to build on the way we played this week, said Saints coach Sean Payton. I think that as we hit this final four game stretch, paying attention to details, correcting mistakes, film study, its all the little things I think that go into the overall success. Success hasnt followed the Panthers, who havent won since Oct. 5, and asking their struggling offense to keep pace with the Saints may be too much to ask. Sports Network predicted outcome: Saints 31, Panthers 17 ' ' '

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