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take aways from botts press conference

Created by: chloewoj
Initial Creation Date: May 27, 2020
Published: May 27 at 11:03 am
Team: 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
- wayne simmonds will most likely be back next year
- rasmus ristolainen isn't going anywhere
- the first round pick may be moved
- casey mittelstadt/tage thompson have a high chance of being on the roster next season
- he couldn't commit to signing sam reinhart long term
- he sounded like he wants to part ways with hutton
- sounded like dylan cozens will be on the roster next year
- the sabres haven't talked about clear cut contracts negotiations with their free agents yet but they've been in contact with their agents
- jason botterill emphasized the importance of improving the penalty kill and depth scoring
- said the struggles were strong after sweden (which everyone already knew)
- looking at trades and free agency to fix most problems
- really focused on the young players in the system (specifically TT, CM, and DC
- classified the core of the team as jack eichel, sam reinhart, rasmus ristolainen, and rasmus dahlin (no skinner which is weird)
- waiting to hear about the definite cap situation before making trades and signing free agents
- we're still going to suck next year for sure because he only focuses on the future rather than the present

with all that being said...i still think he has no idea what he's doing
- if you could make one dream trade or free agent signing this year...what would it be?
- what young players do you want to see on the roster next seaosn?
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Kahun, Dominik3$2,100,000
Mittelstadt, Casey2$1,000,000
Montour, Brandon3$3,900,000
Olofsson, Victor4$4,900,000
Reinhart, Sam4$6,800,000
Thompson, Tage2$1,000,000
Ullmark, Linus3$3,000,000
Lazar, Curtis2$950,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Simmonds, Wayne2$1,500,000
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
DAL
2021
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
2022
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
20$81,500,000$73,091,667$0$4,337,500$8,408,333
Left WingCenterRight Wing
BUF
Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 7
BUF
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 6
BUF
Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 3
BUF
Johansson, Marcus
$4,500,000
C, LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 1
BUF
Cozens, Dylan
$925,000
C
RFA - 2
BUF
Reinhart, Sam
$6,800,000
RW, C
RFA
BUF
Kahun, Dominik
$2,100,000
LW, RW, C
RFA
BUF
Mittelstadt, Casey
$1,000,000
C
RFA
BUF
Simmonds, Wayne
$1,500,000
RW, LW
UFA
BUF
Olofsson, Victor
$4,900,000
LW, RW
RFA
BUF
Thompson, Tage
$1,000,000
C, RW
RFA
BUF
Lazar, Curtis
$950,000
C, RW
RFA
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
BUF
Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
BUF
Miller, Colin
$3,875,000
RD
UFA - 2
BUF
Ullmark, Linus
$3,000,000
G
RFA
BUF
McCabe, Jake
$2,850,000
LD
UFA - 1
BUF
Jokiharju, Henri
$925,000
RD
RFA - 1
BUF
Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 1
BUF
Montour, Brandon
$3,900,000
RD
RFA
BUF
Ristolainen, Rasmus
$5,400,000
RD
UFA - 2

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May 27 at 11:05
#1
Go Sabs
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You forgot the biggest takeaway. We will suck again next season.
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May 27 at 11:09
#2
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I don't like the Sabres, but even I felt bad seeing him name Ristolainen as a core player. That's tough
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May 27 at 11:10
#3
Thread Starter
burn the pegulas
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Quoting: Smithcd995
You forgot the biggest takeaway. We will suck again next season.


hahaha i'll add it to the list now
May 27 at 11:20
#4
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He also promises to not promise anything said previously in the press conference
May 27 at 11:23
#5
I like Eich
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I am okay with idea of youngsters, but If all three are in buffalo, there’s a good chance we move up in the standings. This team desperately needs another nhl-caliber center
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May 27 at 11:25
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burn the pegulas
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Quoting: mikeyscav
I am okay with idea of youngsters, but If all three are in buffalo, there’s a good chance we move up in the standings. This team desperately needs another nhl-caliber center


we move up in the standings? if all three are in the lineup we're sliding down the standings.
May 27 at 11:33
#7
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Quoting: Ledge_And_Dairy
He also promises to not promise anything said previously in the press conference


Quoting: Claesson4Norris
I don't like the Sabres, but even I felt bad seeing him name Ristolainen as a core player. That's tough


Quoting: chloewoj
hahaha i'll add it to the list now


I am not a fan of Botts, but I think the comments about Risto are for 2 reasons. 1 - He is letting other GM's know that he will not give Risto away if he does not feel he is offered fair value for him. 2 - If he is unable to move Risto he can always claim he never really wanted to. As far as Reino goes, if he is not willing to commit long term to him then he may need to move him even though he named him as a core piece. He is already coming off of a bridge deal that he greatly outperformed. I cannot see him being happy to come back on another bridge deal.
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May 27 at 11:39
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burn the pegulas
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Quoting: dzmets
I am not a fan of Botts, but I think the comments about Risto are for 2 reasons. 1 - He is letting other GM's know that he will not give Risto away if he does not feel he is offered fair value for him. 2 - If he is unable to move Risto he can always claim he never really wanted to. As far as Reino goes, if he is not willing to commit long term to him then he may need to move him even though he named him as a core piece. He is already coming off of a bridge deal that he greatly outperformed. I cannot see him being happy to come back on another bridge deal.


i honestly feel like botts wants to bring reino back on a long term deal but the jeff skinner contract has instilled so much fear in him that he's not willing to take the risk of signing another player to a large contract and have it blow up in his face again. i feel like most people won't agree with me on this take but it's my opinion on the whole reino situation.
May 27 at 11:42
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Quoting: chloewoj
i honestly feel like botts wants to bring reino back on a long term deal but the jeff skinner contract has instilled so much fear in him that he's not willing to take the risk of signing another player to a large contract and have it blow up in his face again. i feel like most people won't agree with me on this take but it's my opinion on the whole reino situation.


That may be true but I think you might end up with a situation like Nylander in Toronto where Reino may hold out if he is offered another bridge deal and even if he does accept you are walking him right into free agency then.
May 27 at 11:49
#10
I like Eich
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Quoting: chloewoj
we move up in the standings? if all three are in the lineup we're sliding down the standings.

Oops sorry, we don’t move up. Cozens I thunk is a lock, and maybe one of the other two. If all three make it, yikes
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May 27 at 12:18
#11
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Stupid idiot. God forbid, he will sign Simmonds again.
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May 27 at 1:23
#12
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@SalamiCheese
I agree, I do not think Simmonds would be good, unless he would be willing to sign a $1,000,000 with the understanding that he may be playing in Rochester next year.
@mikeyscav
I agree let’s see what the kids can do.
Thompson has an excellent AHL resume.
Cozens continues to shine, Kahun appears to be a 2nd line player.
Dahlin will be better next year.
Mittelstadt has 39 pts in 114 NHL games and will 21 when the season starts.
Ristolainen showed huge improvement last year
No way will Skinner’s output be as bad as last year.
Ullmark appears to be ready for #1 status (we make the playoffs if was healthy).
Let me add, this is a crazy young defense. McCabe is 26 and Miller is 27. That is the age when defense-men finally develop.
May 27 at 2:12
#13
Sabres are elite
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I'm thrilled he doesn't plan on moving Risto because he would get fleeced in any trade involving him. To answer these questions:

- if you could make one dream trade or free agent signing this year...what would it be?

Trading for Tierney is a realistic dream, also would love Foligno back but I don't think that will happen

- what young players do you want to see on the roster next seaosn?

Cozens 10000%. TT should not be, I'd like to trade him for another prospect or a good bottom 6 forward. Mittelstadt I'm still high on, but not sure if he will be ready. I want to see Asplund too, and I'd like Borgen to get minutes
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May 27 at 4:50
#14
My teams suck
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Botterill is completely lost and in over his head. Now we've got an idiot who already makes terrible decisions doing things in the interest of keeping his job... This offseason might gut the team for years.
 
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