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Playoffs in 2018-19?

Created by: PakNation7
Initial Creation Date: Apr 6, 2018
Published: Apr 6, 2018 at 8:02
Team: 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
1st move: Signing Kunitz and Hutton.
—> Adds veteran presence and helps to build a winning culture. Kunitz has 4 Stanley Cups, while Hutton has been on playoff competitive teams St. Louis and Nashville the past few seasons. Kunitz has shown ability to play with elite players and Hutton should be able to fill in for Ullmark should there be growing pains in his first season as a number 1.

2nd move: Beaulieu Trade.
—> With the winning of the draft lottery and emergence of Guhle and Nelson there isn’t room for Beaulieu on the roster. Alone Beaulieu would fetch about a 4th round pick. By sending him to Pittsburgh, retaining salary and taking Hunwick Buffalo is able to get a 2nd round pick. Also, once Hunwick is sent to Rochester he can serve as a valuable leader and mentor to Buffalo’s young prospects.

3rd move: Lehner Trade.
—> Everyone knows the Islanders badly need goaltending. With few strong options available in free agency, the Islanders take a flyer on Lehner who actually has respectable stats outside of this season. Just needs a change of scenery. The Islanders and Sabres swap RFAs, while Buffalo adds defensive center Larsson to help fill the void left by Nelson. In Buffalo, Nelson would be a big left winger and with lessened defensive responsibilities his offensive stats should rocket playing with Eichel, Mittelstadt or O’Reilly.

4th move: Girgensons Trade.
—> St. Louis looks to get younger and makes some minor changes after missing the playoffs (assuming they do). In Girgensons they get a player who can play either forward position, unlike Jaskin. Girgensons is also younger and provides similar offence. Jaskin is a RFA and will cost more than Jaskin, which takes valuable cap space that St. Louis could use if they pursue a top free agent (ie. Tavares, JVR, Thornton or Bozak). Jaskin is very good defensively (59% of shifts start in defensive zone) whilst driving possession and like others he has been playing on a winning playoff team the past few seasons helping to create a winning culture. A line of Kunitz-O’Reilly-Jaskin could make a great shutdown combo and eat up defensive zone assignments allowing for the Eichel and Mittelstadt lines to focus on offence. Buffalo also adds a pick to entice St. Louis.

A-Jack Eichel
A-Rasmus Ristolainen
A-Ryan O’Reilly
A-Chris Kunitz
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Lehner, Robin1$650,000
Nelson, Brock4$3,625,000
Jaskin, Dmitrij2$1,950,000
Bailey, Justin2$725,000
Baptiste, Nicholas2$725,000
Reinhart, Sam2$3,625,000
Smith, C.J.2$950,000
Wilson, Scott2$750,000
O'Regan, Danny1$900,000
Malone, Sean2$850,000
Fasching, Hudson2$950,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Kunitz, Chris2$2,750,000
Hutton, Carter2$2,250,000
Nelson, Casey2$750,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Olofsson, Victor2$925,000
Dahlin, Rasmus3$925,000
Trades
BUF
  1. Hunwick, Matt
  2. 2019 2nd round pick (PIT)
PIT
  1. Beaulieu, Nathan ($1,200,000 retained)
BUF
    RFA Brock Nelson
    NYI
    1. Lehner, Robin
    2. Larsson, Johan
    BUF
      RFA Dmitrij Jaskin
      STL
      1. Girgensons, Zemgus
      2. 2019 4th round pick (BUF)
      Buyouts
      • Ville Leino: $0
      • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
      • Cody Hodgson: -$458,333
      Retained Salary Transactions
      • Nathan Beaulieu: $1,200,000 (50%)
      Buried
      • Matt Moulson: $3,975,000 ($5,000,000)
      • Matt Hunwick: $1,225,000 ($2,250,000)
      DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
      2019
      BUF
      BUF
      SJS
      PIT
      BUF
      SJS
      BUF
      BUF
      2020
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      2021
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      BUF
      ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
      23$79,000,000$71,657,024$0$1,032,500$7,342,976

      Roster

      Left WingCenterRight Wing
      Nelson, Brock
      $3,625,000
      C, LW
      UFA - 1
      Eichel, Jack
      $10,000,000
      C
      UFA - 8
      Reinhart, Sam
      $3,625,000
      RW, C
      RFA - 2
      Olofsson, Victor
      $925,000
      Mittelstadt, Casey
      $925,000
      C
      RFA - 2
      Okposo, Kyle
      $6,000,000
      RW
      NTC
      UFA - 5
      Kunitz, Chris
      $2,750,000
      RW, LW
      NMC
      UFA - 1
      O'Reilly, Ryan
      $7,500,000
      C
      UFA - 5
      Jaskin, Dmitrij
      $1,950,000
      RW, LW
      UFA - 1
      Smith, C.J.
      $950,000
      LW
      RFA - 1
      Rodrigues, Evan
      $650,000
      RW, C
      UFA - 1
      Pominville, Jason
      $5,600,000
      RW
      NMC NTC
      UFA - 1
      Wilson, Scott
      $750,000
      LW
      UFA - 2
      Fasching, Hudson
      $950,000
      RW
      RFA - 1
      Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
      Scandella, Marco
      $2,000,000
      LD
      UFA - 2
      Ristolainen, Rasmus
      $5,400,000
      RD
      UFA - 4
      Ullmark, Linus
      $750,000
      G
      UFA - 1
      Dahlin, Rasmus
      $925,000
      Bogosian, Zach
      $5,142,857
      RD
      UFA - 2
      Hutton, Carter
      $2,250,000
      G
      UFA - 3
      Guhle, Brendan
      $697,500
      LD
      RFA - 2
      Nelson, Casey
      $750,000
      RD
      UFA - 2
      McCabe, Jake
      $1,600,000
      LD
      UFA - 1

      Special Teams

      Power Play 1
      Okposo, K.
      O'Reilly, R.
      Mittelstadt, C.
      Eichel, J.
      Dahlin, R.
      Power Play 2
      Reinhart, S.
      Nelson, B.
      Rodrigues, E.
      Ristolainen, R.
      Olofsson, V.
      Penalty Kill 1
      O'Reilly, R.
      Jaskin, D.
      Scandella, M.
      Ristolainen, R.
      Penalty Kill 2
      Rodrigues, E.
      Kunitz, C.
      Guhle, B.
      Bogosian, Z.

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      Apr 6, 2018 at 8:10
      #1
      letsgobuffalo
      Joined: Apr 2018
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      Botts said himself that he wants to see how Olofsson progresses in Rochester next year
      Apr 6, 2018 at 8:14
      #2
      Thread Starter
      PakNation7
      Joined: Jun 2015
      Posts: 1,109
      Likes: 19
      In that case call up one of Nylander, Baptiste, Bailey or O’Regan then adjust the line combos to suit.
      Apr 6, 2018 at 8:31
      #3
      future lamentation
      Joined: Apr 2017
      Posts: 4,565
      Likes: 2,386
      Look at the post "your new san jose sharks":

      SJS trades Gambrell, D., DeSimone, N., Meier, T., 2019 1st round pick (SJS), 2020 2nd round pick (SJS) to NYI for Bailey, J.

      What do you think? Do you think you have given enough to get Bailey?
      Apr 6, 2018 at 8:35
      #4
      Thread Starter
      PakNation7
      Joined: Jun 2015
      Posts: 1,109
      Likes: 19
      That’s a trade I’d make to put a team over the edge in the playoffs. For Buffalo it’s about building and growing internally. Giving up a 1st, 2nd and prospects wouldn’t make sense for Buffalo right now.
      Apr 7, 2018 at 6:50
      #5
      Joined: Jun 2017
      Posts: 280
      Likes: 43
      Ok from the Pens, would be very nice to see your in playoffs. But I personally would like to have Antipin not Beaulieu going to Pitt.
       
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