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2018-2019: Defensemen

Jun 24, 2018 at 5:51
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The Sabres have had the worst defensemen corps in the National Hockey League in recent seasons. Improving the defensemen on the roster for the 2018-2019 should be a priority for the Sabres.

The Sabres have few free agents to worry about in the off-season. Justin Falk and Josh Gorges are unrestricted free agents. Victor Antipin is a restricted free agent.
Jun 24, 2018 at 6:50
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All UFAs can go. First pair: 1) Risto 2) Scandella. Second pair:3) Dahlin 4) Bogosian Third Pair: 5) McCabe 6) Guhle 7) Best of the Rest (and the pipeline is fully stocked now!!!)

If we can get a good year (healthy) out of Bogo maybe we can pick up and asset or 1st round pick (wishful) in a trade. Same goes for Scandella, think he's great but if others develop to fill the gap we can build the team in a trade. BOTs is smart, build you're team around the best centerman (check), defense (check) and goaltending (not even close at the moment). Wingers are the easiest position to get in trades, so I'm not worried.

Next order of business...........Goaltending.
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Jun 24, 2018 at 10:11
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Falk and Gorges can depart indeed.

Antipin is speculated to return to the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2018-2019 season. He barely played for the Sabres. He missed games with injury. He did not do much beyond ten assists.

Zach Bogosian will need to be addressed. He has spent time on the injured list. If Bogosian's health remains a problem, the Sabres will need to buy him out. Buying out players now would be bad against the salary cap. Bogosian needs thorough training during the off-season.
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