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Stop Gap center

Created by: Sabres923
Initial Creation Date: Jul 2, 2020
Published: Jul 2, 2020 at 10:38
Team: 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
Sabres play lines 2-4 around the same amount.
Lines 2 and 4 will be shut down lines strong defensively.
Lines 1-3 will be lines that would produce more offense. Reinhart will be a huge help for Cozens development.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Kahun, Dominik2$2,800,000
Olofsson, Victor4$4,700,000
Reinhart, Sam5$6,890,000
Ullmark, Linus2$2,800,000
Lazar, Curtis2$800,000
Montour, Brandon2$3,900,000
Thompson, Tage2$876,000
Mittelstadt, Casey2$876,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Fast, Jesper2$3,125,125
Merrill, Jon2$2,225,225
Trades
BUF
  1. Bonino, Nick
  2. Afanasyev, Egor
  3. 2021 3rd round pick (NSH)
NSH
  1. Ristolainen, Rasmus
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Eric Staal: $1,625,000 (50%)
  • Taylor Hall: $4,000,000 (50%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
DAL
2021
BUF
BUF
NSH
BUF
BUF
BUF
2022
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
22$81,500,000$83,628,850$1,487,500$4,337,500-$2,128,850

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
BUF
Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 7
BUF
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 6
BUF
Kahun, Dominik
$2,800,000
LW, RW, C
RFA - 1
BUF
Johansson, Marcus
$4,500,000
C, LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 1
NSH
Bonino, Nick
$4,100,000
C
UFA - 1
Fast, Jesper
$3,125,125
RW
UFA - 3
BUF
Olofsson, Victor
$4,700,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
BUF
Cozens, Dylan
$894,167
C, LW
RFA - 3
BUF
Reinhart, Sam
$6,890,000
RW, C
RFA - 1
BUF
Ruotsalainen, Arttu
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 2
BUF
Lazar, Curtis
$800,000
C, RW
UFA - 2
BUF
Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 3
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
BUF
Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
BUF
Miller, Colin
$3,875,000
RD
UFA - 2
BUF
Ullmark, Linus
$2,800,000
G
UFA - 1
Merrill, Jon
$2,225,225
LD
UFA - 1
BUF
Montour, Brandon
$3,900,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 1
BUF
McCabe, Jake
$2,850,000
LD
UFA - 1
BUF
Jokiharju, Henri
$925,000
RD
RFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
BUF
Borgen, William
$864,166
RD
RFA - 1
BUF
Thompson, Tage
$876,000
C, RW
RFA - 3

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Skinner, J.
Reinhart, S.
Olofsson, V.
Eichel, J.
Dahlin, R.
Power Play 2
Johansson, M.
Cozens, D.
Kahun, D.
Montour, B.
Ruotsalainen, A.
Penalty Kill 1
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Fast, J.
Merrill, J.
Jokiharju, H.
Penalty Kill 2
Eichel, J.
Johansson, M.
McCabe, J.
Montour, B.

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Jul 2, 2020 at 10:40
#1
PLD is a stud
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nice
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Jul 2, 2020 at 11:55
#2
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Risto would be a nice stop gap 4/5 dman for the Preds for one season. His cap hit and term make his contract less than ideal for them. The only way I see NSH taking him on would be if they were saving cap by trading BUF one of their pricier centers. The value isn't close for Nashville. Afanasyev is a non-starter for Risto.
Jul 3, 2020 at 12:19
#3
FiveStarMan
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I would swap Skinner and Olafsson with Eichel. For whatever reason, Kreuger has buried Skinner. I think it will continue because Kreuger wants to play a defensively responsible system and Skinner needs to improve on that end.
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Jul 3, 2020 at 1:28
#4
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I dont think Cozens is anywhere ready for Line 2. They way this roster is set, Olofsson and Reinhart with Cozens is definitely the 2nd line.
Jul 3, 2020 at 1:38
#5
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Quoting: OrganizedConfusion55
I dont think Cozens is anywhere ready for Line 2. They way this roster is set, Olofsson and Reinhart with Cozens is definitely the 2nd line.


Quoting: OrganizedConfusion55
I dont think Cozens is anywhere ready for Line 2. They way this roster is set, Olofsson and Reinhart with Cozens is definitely the 2nd line.


Quoting: OrganizedConfusion55
I dont think Cozens is anywhere ready for Line 2. They way this roster is set, Olofsson and Reinhart with Cozens is definitely the 2nd line.

That’s why they are sheltered behind the 2nd line. Cozens would be thrive in a 3rd line role playing against other teams bottom 6 lines.
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Jul 3, 2020 at 2:51
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Quoting: Sabres923
That’s why they are sheltered behind the 2nd line. Cozens would be thrive in a 3rd line role playing against other teams bottom 6 lines.


With this roster, and olofsson and Reinhart as his line mates, he wouldn't be sheltered. That would be line 2. Fast, bonino and mojo wouldn't get more minutes than those 3.
Jul 3, 2020 at 4:45
#7
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Quoting: OrganizedConfusion55
With this roster, and olofsson and Reinhart as his line mates, he wouldn't be sheltered. That would be line 2. Fast, bonino and mojo wouldn't get more minutes than those 3.


They would take on a more defensively responsible line. The way Krueger plays his lineup lines 2-4 all play the same minutes.
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Jul 3, 2020 at 5:31
#8
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Idk that they’d trade Bonino, but i really LOVE the idea!
He’s super underrated
Jul 3, 2020 at 5:40
#9
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Quoting: OrganizedConfusion55
With this roster, and olofsson and Reinhart as his line mates, he wouldn't be sheltered. That would be line 2. Fast, bonino and mojo wouldn't get more minutes than those 3.


Traditionally, sure
But for us, the Larsson line plays in a lot of tough defensive situations
So lines 2-4 play roughly the same time
In this case,
we could lessen “line4” icetime bc the Bonino “line2” could handle at least some of that

The Cozens line would still get a bunch of icetime, yes
But they’d be playing heavily in favorable offensive situations

It’s actually an ideal way to do things in my opinion if we can’t get a true 2C
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Jul 3, 2020 at 9:26
#10
LongtimeLeafsufferer
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Quoting: Sabres923
That’s why they are sheltered behind the 2nd line. Cozens would be thrive in a 3rd line role playing against other teams bottom 6 lines.


Don't know a coach manages that. Half the games are on the road. Match ups? Just can't even by done easily even at home. It was Babcock's folly (among other things), trying to win line matchups. The players were spending more time racing to the bench, for changes instead of playing the game.
Jul 3, 2020 at 9:53
#11
Go Preds
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NSH doesn't need Risto.
 
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