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2019-20 Sabres - Scoring depth and balance

Created by: rktkt66
Initial Creation Date: Jun 8, 2019
Published: Jun 8, 2019 at 1:26
Team: 2019-20 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
Head coach: Ralph Krueger
Assoc. coach: Brad Shaw
Asst. coach: Steve Smith
Asst. coach: Todd Nelson
Video coach: Myles Fee
Goalie coach: Martin Biron
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
Glotov, Vasili3$925,000
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
McCabe, Jake4$3,125,000
Rodrigues, Evan3$1,850,000
Trouba, Jacob6$7,000,000
Dougherty, Jack3$850,000
Elie, Remi1$808,500
Smith, C.J.3$1,125,000
Ullmark, Linus2$1,750,000
Malone, Sean2$866,200
Martin, Brycen1$715,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Hagelin, Carl3$2,850,000
Donskoi, Joonas3$2,900,000
Matteau, Stefan2$750,000
Barber, Riley2$725,000
Leier, Taylor2$792,000
O'Regan, Danny1$961,538
Porter, Kevin1$715,000
Wilcox, Adam1$715,000
Eberle, Jordan4$5,750,000
Trades
BUF
  1. Zucker, Jason
MIN
  1. Sheary, Conor
  2. Nylander, Alexander
BUF
  1. Trouba, Jacob [RFA Rights]
WPG
  1. Ristolainen, Rasmus
  2. 2019 1st round pick (STL)
BUF
  1. 2019 3rd round pick (VAN)
VAN
  1. Scandella, Marco
BUF
  1. Haula, Erik
VGK
  1. 2019 3rd round pick (VAN)
  2. 2019 6th round pick (BUF)
BUF
  1. 2020 4th round pick (BOS)
NJD
  1. Wilson, Scott
BUF
  1. 2020 4th round pick (COL)
COL
  1. Okposo, Kyle ($1,000,000 retained)
  2. Hickey, Brandon
BUF
  1. 2019 2nd round pick (CAR)
CAR
  1. 2021 2nd round pick (STL)
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Ville Leino: $0
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
  • Vladimír Sobotka: $1,500,000
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Kyle Okposo: $1,000,000 (16.67%)
  • Eric Staal: $1,625,000 (50%)
Buried
  • Matt Hunwick: $1,175,000 ($2,250,000)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2019
BUF
CAR
BUF
SJS
TOR
WPG
BUF
2020
BUF
BUF
BUF
BOS
COL
BUF
BUF
DAL
2021
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$83,000,000$81,202,024$0$4,257,500$1,797,976

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
BUF
Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 8
BUF
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 7
Eberle, Jordan
$5,750,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 5
MIN
Zucker, Jason
$5,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 4
VGK
Haula, Erik
$2,750,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
BUF
Reinhart, Sam
$3,650,000
RW, C
RFA - 1
BUF
Olofsson, Victor
$767,500
LW, RW
RFA - 1
BUF
Mittelstadt, Casey
$925,000
C
RFA - 1
Donskoi, Joonas
$2,900,000
RW
UFA - 4
Hagelin, Carl
$2,850,000
LW
UFA - 4
BUF
Rodrigues, Evan
$1,850,000
RW, C
UFA - 1
BUF
Smith, C.J.
$1,125,000
LW
UFA - 2
BUF
Ruotsalainen, Arttu
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 3
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
BUF
Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD
RFA - 2
Trouba, Jacob
$7,000,000
RD
UFA - 7
BUF
Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 2
BUF
McCabe, Jake
$3,125,000
LD
UFA - 2
BUF
Montour, Brandon
$3,387,500
LD/RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Ullmark, Linus
$1,750,000
G
UFA - 1
BUF
Pilut, Lawrence
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
BUF
Bogosian, Zach
$5,142,857
RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Bogosian, Zach
$1,300,000
RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Nelson, Casey
$812,500
RD
UFA - 1

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Skinner, J.
Eichel, J.
Eberle, J.
Dahlin, R.
Trouba, J.
Power Play 2
Zucker, J.
Reinhart, S.
Olofsson, V.
Pilut, L.
Montour, B.
Penalty Kill 1
Hagelin, C.
Rodrigues, E.
Dahlin, R.
Trouba, J.
Penalty Kill 2
Haula, E.
Smith, C.
McCabe, J.
Bogosian, Z.

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Jun 8, 2019 at 1:28
#1
rktkt66
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 226
Likes: 54
Rationale on roster:

COACHING:
1. Krueger recruits Brad Shaw (Assistant Coach in Columbus) to be his Associate Coach, having worked with Shaw during 2016 World Cup tournament. Shaw brings 20 years of NHL experience as an assistant at NHL level with strong tactical expertise, use of analytics and specialty-teams success with various teams.
2. Krueger recruits Todd Nelson (Assistant Coach in Dallas) to be one of his Assistant Coaches, having worked with Nelson when Krueger coached the Oilers in 2013-14 and Nelson coached Edmonton’s AHL team in Oklahoma City. Nelson brings experience as head coach at AHL and NHL levels with a reputation for developing young players and earning a strong loyalty from his players for communication skills and proactive thinking. Nelson would run the forwards and PP.
3. Krueger retains Steve Smith as his other Assistant Coach, having worked with Smith for 3 years in Edmonton. Smith would continue to work with the defensemen and PK.
4. Krueger recruits his former Video Coach Myles Fee, who worked with him in Edmonton and the 2016 WC, from Carolina’s AHL team.
5. Krueger hires Martin Biron as Goalie Coach.

FREE AGENCY:
1. Sabres re-sign RFAs Dougherty, Elie and Malone for Rochester.
2. Sabres re-sign RFAs McCabe, Rodrigues, Smith and Ullmark for Buffalo.
3. Sabres re-sign UFAs Leier, O’Regan, Porter and Wilcox for Rochester.
4. Sabres sign UFAs Matteau and Barber for added depth in Rochester.
5. Sabres sign UFA Eberle, who accepts less to play for his former coach, Krueger, and with Eichel in a more up-tempo system. Sabres negotiate 4 year term for a 29 year old player.
6. Sabres sign UFA Donskoi to add speed and forechecking to the 3rd line.
7. Sabres sign UFA Hagelin for Buffalo to add a veteran presence known for his skating, penalty-killing acumen and locker room leadership as well as a Cup winner Botterill knows first-hand.

TRADES:
BUF-MIN (Before Draft): The Wild are seeking scoring depth with a RH shot winger. With cap constraints, they save space and get younger with a Sheary/Nylander package. Sabres add veteran scoring behind Skinner on LW.

BUF-WPG (Before Draft): Unable to afford an extension to the $7M range that Trouba is seeking, the Jets trade his rights for another 25-year old RHD capable of top 4 role and PP time but with 3 years to term at Trouba’s current salary range. Winnipeg also re-acquires a 1st round pick lost in the Hayes trade. Sabres get a RHD partner for Dahlin on top pair who can play both specialty teams and act as a shutdown defender. Trouba’s desire to play in the US, preferably on East coast near his Michigan home makes Buffalo (an hour flight from Detroit) appealing.

BUF-VAN: With the Canucks only having 4 experienced defensemen signed for next season, they are reportedly looking to add veteran depth on blueline. With 1 year of term left, Scandella offers low risk insurance if Edler is not re-signed. Sabres add a mid-round draft pick.

BUF-VGK (At Draft): With no cap space and needing to re-sign Karlsson and Gusev, Knights trade Haula two mid-round draft picks as part of their cost cutting steps. Coming off an injury-ravaged season, Haula’s role dropped to 3C behind Karlsson and the expected promotion of prospect Cody Glass. With only 1 year of term at affordable cap hit but still 28 years old, Haula offers the Sabres flexibity – he can slot in as the 2C beside his former linemate from Minnesota (Zucker) and Reinhart this season while Mittelstadt serves in a lower pressure 3C spot and then flip the two in 2020-21 if Haula is re-signed and Mittelstadt is ready for 2C role.

BUF-NJ: Devils add a bottom 6 player for depth and PK role in exchange for a mid-round pick.

BUF-COL: With over $35M of cap space and lack of experience in their bottom 6, Colorado takes on Okposo with prospect defenseman for a mid-round pick. Sabres retain $ 1M.

ROSTER:
1st Line: Skinner and Eichel re-team while Eberle adds a finisher on right side.

2nd Line: Zucker and Reinhart flank Haula to balance a speedy sniper, 2-way center and playmaking winger.

3rd Line: With less defensive attention from other teams, Olofsson can flourish in on 3rd line in sniper role, pairing with Mittelstadt playmaking and Donskoi’s willingness to play in high-traffic areas.

4th Line: Line blends 3 dynamic skaters with 2-way abilities to act as checking line that can contribute some offense on the counterattack and cycles in the offensive zone.

1st Defense Pairing: Dahlin teams with a dynamic, physical 2-way partner capable of handling the 22-25 TOI that Dahlin will get.

2nd Defense Pairing: Montour’s offensive flair is balanced by the defensive-minded, physical McCabe.

3rd Defense Pairing: Pilut is given more offensive freedom with Bogosian as a physical complement and mentor similar to how Bogosian meshed with Dahlin. Being on a 3rd pairing with fewer minutes exposes Bogosian less to fatigue and the subsequent injuries coming from 20 minute nights.

Healthy extras: Ruotsalainen acts as the 13th forward to interchange with Smith and/or the 4th line as he learns the North American game while Nelson returns as 7th D for depth.

CAP SPACE: $4,722,976
Jun 8, 2019 at 12:34
#2
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 14
Likes: 3
Very well thought out. I'd love to know how this would affect our ability to keep some of these new players and re-sign Reinhart, Dahlin, Mittlestadt, and Montour. And Pilut and Olofson. McCabe probably won't cost that much. At least I hope. Not sure we gave up enough to get some of those trades done (Zucker, Scandella, and Okposo), but close.
 
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