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Good Thing We Traded That OReilly Clown Amiright

Created by: ashleyschaeffer
Initial Creation Date: Jun 10, 2019
Published: Jun 13 at 4:28 pm
Team: 2019-20 Buffalo Sabres
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It stung but can we put the ROR trade to rest once and for all now? The return sucks to this point. No question about it. Berglund walked away and Sobotka and Thompson were flat out bad last season. Tage could still be a useful player and if Dallas wins in OT in Game 7, we have the #16-19 pick in fairly good draft by all accounts. Things happen. We got a lot of cap room this year and next to keep our younger core together and maybe Dahlin, Eichel and UPL will lead this team to championships. Now, since I've decided to remain optimistic, cue the Buffalo fans laying into me in the comments.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Girgensons, Zemgus1$1,250,000
Larsson, Johan1$1,250,000
Rodrigues, Evan4$2,250,000
Ullmark, Linus3$2,000,000
Smith, C.J.2$1,000,000
McCabe, Jake3$2,250,000
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
  • Ville Leino: $0
  • Vladimír Sobotka: $1,500,000
Buried
  • Kyle Okposo: $4,925,000 ($6,000,000)
  • Matt Hunwick: $1,175,000 ($2,250,000)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2019
BUF
STL
BUF
SJS
BUF
TOR
WPG
BUF
2020
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
DAL
2021
BUF
BUF
STL
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$83,000,000$72,635,357$0$5,590,000$10,364,643
Left WingCenterRight Wing
BUF
Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 8
BUF
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 7
BUF
Olofsson, Victor
$767,500
LW, RW
RFA - 1
BUF
Rodrigues, Evan
$2,250,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
BUF
Mittelstadt, Casey
$925,000
C
RFA - 1
BUF
Reinhart, Sam
$3,650,000
RW, C
RFA - 1
BUF
Sheary, Conor
$3,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 1
BUF
Asplund, Rasmus
$845,000
C, LW
RFA - 2
BUF
Nylander, Alexander
$863,333
RW, LW
RFA - 2
BUF
Girgensons, Zemgus
$1,250,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
BUF
Larsson, Johan
$1,250,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
BUF
Thompson, Tage
$925,000
C, RW
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
BUF
Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD
RFA - 2
BUF
Montour, Brandon
$3,387,500
RD
RFA - 1
BUF
Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 2
BUF
Pilut, Lawrence
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
BUF
Ristolainen, Rasmus
$5,400,000
RD
UFA - 3
BUF
Ullmark, Linus
$2,000,000
G
RFA - 1
BUF
McCabe, Jake
$2,250,000
LD
UFA - 2
BUF
Nelson, Casey
$812,500
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
BUF
Scandella, Marco
$4,000,000
LD
UFA - 1
BUF
Bogosian, Zach
$5,142,857
RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Smith, C.J.
$1,000,000
LW
RFA - 2
BUF
Ruotsalainen, Arttu
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 3

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Jun 13 at 4:29
#1
Joined: Jun 2017
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Hey buddy, how is it being a broken record?
Jun 13 at 4:33
#2
Joined: Feb 2019
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It was a huge gamble that unfortunately for you guys didn't go your way.

Different story if the season ended on January 1st.
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Jun 13 at 4:37
#3
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The O'Reilly trade was a win for St. Louis, no question. However, Tage Thompson can still be a good player and you have the 31st overall pick, and a 2nd 2 years from now. The future is bright in Buffalo, the core of Eichel, Skinner, Reinhart, Ristolainen and Dahlin is quite strong. Also have lots of good prospects like Nylander, Mittlesdast, UPL, and whoever you get with the 7th overall pick
Jun 13 at 4:39
#4
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Also if St.Louis lost to Dallas, Anaheim would have received the Blues pick, and Buffalo would get the Sharks, as a result of the Montour trade
Jun 13 at 4:39
#5
exo2769
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Everyone was talking lottery pick / top 10 protection when this trade happened...and frankly...it wasn't even really ROR that was the piece that turned it all around. ROR was on the team when they were terrible. STL found a goalie that just played outside his mind. That elevated everyone's confidence/game. Thomas coming into his own helps a lot too.
Jun 13 at 4:55
#6
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It will never end
Jun 13 at 5:24
#7
Sabres are elite
Joined: Jun 2017
Posts: 2,552
Likes: 564
Ya the ROR return was not good at all. But he basically stated that he didn't want to play in Buffalo anymore so Botts had to move him. JB should have waited until TDL when more teams would have been interested and the return would have been more fair. Tage isn't looking great, maybe a bottom 6 forward at this point. The rest of the return is pretty terrible. At least Berglund and his 4 mil for 4 years decided to yeet out of the NHL. In hindsight (and foresight) a fair return from my perspective would have been:

St. Louis Blues
O'Reilly

Buffalo Sabres
Sobadka
Berglund
Robert Thomas/Jordan Kyrou
Ivan Barbashev/Oskar Sundqvist
2019 1st
2021 2nd

OR

Colton Parayko
2019 1st
Jun 13 at 6:29
#8
Thread Starter
Joined: Mar 2017
Posts: 256
Likes: 68
Quoting: Blues4TheCup
Also if St.Louis lost to Dallas, Anaheim would have received the Blues pick, and Buffalo would get the Sharks, as a result of the Montour trade


they would have gotten it if it was in the 20s. if it stayed in the teens, buffalo would have kept it.
Jun 13 at 7:03
#9
SabreDownunder
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 90
Likes: 17
Good to see some optimisim in these posts for once. True the ROR trade hasnt worked out thus far. But if you package up the Skinner and ROR deals then we basically got Skinner for ROR. Luck hasnt been on our side of late even with the draft lottery. But correct - a stack of cap space, Skinner returning, new coach. No one is going to hand us a cup, The only thing the vexes me was Housley staying the whole season.
 
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