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Staying relatively cheap and competitive

Created by: RoyalBlueSabres
Initial Creation Date: Sep. 11, 2020
Published: Sep. 11, 2020
Team: 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres
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only major move is adding Danault. This is assuming no extension in place. 1st is unprotected which is risky enough that I think MTL accepts and they can move Petry for a 1st and still be set on rd. I would be willing to negotiate different terms but I think its a solid offer.

The lines:

1st line stays the same as before and is one of the best lines in the league. Jack is your play driver goalofsson is your goal scorer reinhart is the net front presence and target man.
2nd line
Johansson is the play driver which he played extremely well when put on the wing. Danault is your power forward/ 2 way guy that skinner has thrived with his whole career. And skinner is the goal scorer.
3rd line kahun is the play driver/outlet pass guy. Cozens will be a power/net front presence that can score and tage ia your goal scorer. But tage and cozens can interwine as they are both bigger and both finishers.
4th line has got some question marks but lazar is a great 4th line center asplund has been responsible and can help this line be offensive. Okoposo is the undisputed leader.
Dmen
Dahlin is the top guy and can be paired with miller or montour.
Mccabe and joki were solid last year when paired together. And merril can be with miller or montour. I like pairing with montour better as the will allow kontour to be the outlet starter on that pairing and dahlin in the other pairing.
.goaltending is hoping for another year of growth under one of the beat goalie coaches in the league and the tandem staying healthy.

Overall this is a solid team 3rd line is a big question but is filled with talent. Top 2 lines are solid and will make teams not just eye eichels line. D stays solid and should remain a top 10 force. Just hope that PK and PP improve and this team will be a playoff team.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Kahun, Dominik3$2,500,000
Lazar, Curtis2$900,000
Mittelstadt, Casey1$1,000,000
Montour, Brandon2$3,750,000
Olofsson, Victor4$4,500,000
Reinhart, Sam6$6,500,000
Thompson, Tage1$900,000
Ullmark, Linus4$3,000,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Merrill, Jon2$2,000,000
Trades
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BUF
  1. Danault, Phillip
  2. 2021 3rd round pick (MTL)
MTL
  1. Ristolainen, Rasmus
  2. 2021 1st round pick (BUF)
Additional Details:
2020 4th
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
2021
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2022
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2023
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
21$81,500,000$78,601,667$1,487,500$4,337,500$2,898,333

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
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Olofsson, Victor
$4,500,000
LW, RW
UFA - 2
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Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 6
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Reinhart, Sam
$6,500,000
C, RW
UFA - 1
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Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 7
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Danault, Phillip
$3,083,333
C
UFA - 1
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Johansson, Marcus
$4,500,000
C, LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 1
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Kahun, Dominik
$2,500,000
LW, RW, C
UFA - 1
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Cozens, Dylan
$894,167
C, LW
RFA - 3
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Thompson, Tage
$900,000
C, RW
RFA - 3
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Asplund, Rasmus
$845,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
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Lazar, Curtis
$900,000
C, RW
UFA - 2
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Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
RW
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UFA - 3
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Mittelstadt, Casey
$1,000,000
C
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD/RD
RFA - 1
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Miller, Colin
$3,875,000
RD
UFA - 2
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Ullmark, Linus
$3,000,000
G
UFA - 1
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McCabe, Jake
$2,850,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1
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Jokiharju, Henri
$925,000
RD
RFA - 1
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Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 1
Merrill, Jon
$2,000,000
LD
UFA - 1
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Montour, Brandon
$3,750,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Kahun, D.
Reinhart, S.
Olofsson, V.
Eichel, J.
Dahlin, R.
Power Play 2
Skinner, J.
Danault, P.
Johansson, M.
Montour, B.
Miller, C.
Penalty Kill 1
Kahun, D.
Danault, P.
McCabe, J.
Jokiharju, H.
Penalty Kill 2
Asplund, R.
Lazar, C.
Merrill, J.
Miller, C.

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Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:44 a.m.
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We’re not trading Petry, and we don’t want one of the worst and most overpaid defenseman in the league. The unprotected first is definitely interesting, but we aren’t taking on Ristolainen.
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Weak offer. Danault would raise more value on the market.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:46 a.m.
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We’re not trading Petry, and we don’t want one of the worst and most overpaid defenseman in the league. The unprotected first is definitely interesting, but we aren’t taking on Ristolainen.


I'd be willing to switch a different Dman. Really thought ristonwould be a good fit on MTL ifbthe 2nd pairing opened up
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:46 a.m.
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Weak offer. Danault would raise more value on the market.


what r u thinking then.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:48 a.m.
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Your idea is terrible for the habs and would make us absolutely brutal next year. Without Danault and Petry this team would get lit up especially with having Risto on the blue line. Danault costs this years first.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:49 a.m.
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Quoting: RoyalBlueSabres
I'd be willing to switch a different Dman. Really thought ristonwould be a good fit on MTL ifbthe 2nd pairing opened up


Ristolainen is just horrible. He’s been a consistently bad defenseman since he entered the league. And we aren’t interested in any of your D, so I don’t think this would work, unless you have a good winger or RHD prospect that you could add.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:49 a.m.
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what r u thinking then.


I'm thinking about signing him long term and not trading him to a division rival smile
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Your idea is terrible for the habs and would make us absolutely brutal next year. Without Danault and Petry this team would get lit up especially with having Risto on the blue line. Danault costs this years first.


Definitely not without an extension. And risto truly isn't as bad as everyone makes him out to be. I would trade montour or miller if it suits better but I think that unprotected 2021 first is enticing
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Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:50 a.m.
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what r u thinking then.


If he resigns then the 2020 1st might make sense for both sides (ignoring the enormous elephant in the room that is the Pegula's internal cap pressures). With that added, I don't see a Danault trade making sense unless they can move money out elsewhere.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:50 a.m.
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I'm thinking about signing him long term and not trading him to a division rival smile


I mean seems unlikely. Considering he wants to play top 6 but to each their own
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:51 a.m.
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If he resigns then the 2020 1st might make sense for both sides (ignoring the enormous elephant in the room that is the Pegula's internal cap pressures). With that added, I don't see a Danault trade making sense unless they can move money out elsewhere.


but that money isn't due until next year when hopefully this pandemic is on the outs. Fans back in the league making more revenue and their business side is upstarts again
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:52 a.m.
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Ristolainen is just horrible. He’s been a consistently bad defenseman since he entered the league. And we aren’t interested in any of your D, so I don’t think this would work, unless you have a good winger or RHD prospect that you could add.


pretty light on wingers unless you like tage mitts. And rhd we got borgen and laaksonen
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:54 a.m.
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Quoting: RoyalBlueSabres
Definitely not without an extension. And risto truly isn't as bad as everyone makes him out to be. I would trade montour or miller if it suits better but I think that unprotected 2021 first is enticing


Sorry should’ve mentioned that of course an extension would be needed for it to be this years pick. Even if Risto isn’t as bad as people think it still doesn’t make sense, it would take a hell of a D man coming our way to move Petry, he’s an under rated D in my mind even if he is 33.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:56 a.m.
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but that money isn't due until next year when hopefully this pandemic is on the outs. Fans back in the league making more revenue and their business side is upstarts again


No guarantee the Pegulas don't stay cheap. But even then, not trading a top 10 pick for one year and the chance to maybe sign him. No extension, I'd do no more than a 2nd and Montour.
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Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:57 a.m.
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I mean seems unlikely. Considering he wants to play top 6 but to each their own


He is MTL first line center, even if fans around the league have been saying the opposite for years...
Sep. 11, 2020 at 11:58 a.m.
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He is MTL first line center, even if fans around the league have been saying the opposite for years...


But for how long with suziki and kk?
Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
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Sorry should’ve mentioned that of course an extension would be needed for it to be this years pick. Even if Risto isn’t as bad as people think it still doesn’t make sense, it would take a hell of a D man coming our way to move Petry, he’s an under rated D in my mind even if he is 33.


Fair enough I think at the end of the day I would trade 8oa for danault with an extension but I would imagine a 2nd or B prospect comes back as well maybe buf adds a mid rounder in their too.

I get what you're saying for sure. Petry is good. Just figure with him and weber up in age mkving one for a younger guy would fit the team.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:17 p.m.
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Fair enough I think at the end of the day I would trade 8oa for danault with an extension but I would imagine a 2nd or B prospect comes back as well maybe buf adds a mid rounder in their too.

I get what you're saying for sure. Petry is good. Just figure with him and weber up in age mkving one for a younger guy would fit the team.


We got the pieces to make it work. Having our top 4 RHD getting older may not be ideal and potentially should be looked into in terms of how we can get younger but in the end Weber and Petry have shown no signs of slowing down yet so I wouldn’t be tooo concerned at the moment. My hope is that Petry will accept a short term deal and then explore one year deals if both teams are interested.
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Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:31 p.m.
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Fair enough I think at the end of the day I would trade 8oa for danault with an extension but I would imagine a 2nd or B prospect comes back as well maybe buf adds a mid rounder in their too.

I get what you're saying for sure. Petry is good. Just figure with him and weber up in age mkving one for a younger guy would fit the team.


I wouldn't trade 8OA for Danault...he's a good 3C at best. He is excellent on PK and on defense but not a 2C and this was according to a Habs fan. What's he a 12-14g scorer where 8OA will have a much higher potential. Would I take him, yes as a 3C so low 1st to high 2nd. If 8OA is has to be used I'd go Monahan then.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 2:31 p.m.
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I wouldn't trade 8OA for Danault...he's a good 3C at best. He is excellent on PK and on defense but not a 2C and this was according to a Habs fan. What's he a 12-14g scorer where 8OA will have a much higher potential. Would I take him, yes as a 3C so low 1st to high 2nd. If 8OA is has to be used I'd go Monahan then.


See I think Monahan presents as a highly offensive Center that we just dont need. We have Eichel as the main offensive power line, and I think we need a more defensive minded 2c. It isnt like he is completely inept in the offensive zone. and putting a couple top players with him like skinner and Mojo I think he would have good offensive numbers. Pus when cozens is ready if we even need to we can make him 2c and drop danault to 3c.
Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:25 p.m.
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See I think Monahan presents as a highly offensive Center that we just dont need. We have Eichel as the main offensive power line, and I think we need a more defensive minded 2c. It isnt like he is completely inept in the offensive zone. and putting a couple top players with him like skinner and Mojo I think he would have good offensive numbers. Pus when cozens is ready if we even need to we can make him 2c and drop danault to 3c.


He had Tatar and Gallagher as his linemates which isn't garbage...Gallagher is a player I would take from Montreal but this isn't about a RW'er even tho we do need one lol. Gallagher is heart and soul. Like I said I would take Danault but not for 8OA. I just think one of Rossi, Holtz or Perfetti will be there at 8 especially if both D from 4-7 go which is very possible as Detroit, Ottawa and Ana could go D, Drysdale will be gone for sure. Maybe 2021 1st top 10 protected which goes to 2022 unprotected.

Here is what a Habs fan said:

If you have players with offensive talent, you put them in that type of situation. Especially if you have a strong goalie and top 4 (are we strong or good? Price is the elite, defense is good to great). Tatar and Gallagher are two players who can produce but they need a center who can get the puck to the net. Is that Danault? Nope, you've seen him control zero play, sauce the pass, set up one timers? Tape to tape on the fly? Creative vision? Is Phillip any of these and that's off the top of my head. Def on the brain fans.

Danualt's strengths? Faceoffs, and PK (oh and every analytical stat that points out how great he is but translate to what on ice in offense? Everyone loves him, not me, I want to see more of Suzuki and Kotkaniemi and I don't care if loses are the result of them seeing top line minutes. If you have Danault on line three with Lehkonen shutting down top lines then that's perfect.

If MoJo is in our top 6 then expect another top 10 pick..but he would be the perfect compliment to Danault on the 3rd line.
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