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Attempting to fix the Sabres

Created by: Oilers4Days
Initial Creation Date: May 6, 2021
Published: May 6 at 9:50
Team: 2020-21 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
I went full re-build mode on this team.
I made a lot of trades where I flipped players for just picks because the Sabres need those.
I focused on strengthening the wing core which is why I acquired a lot of quality wingers.
I figured adding Karl Alzner and Justin Faulk would be good additions for the defence core. They have pretty fair contracts.
I cleared up a lot of cap so Buffalo will be able to make moves if necessary.
This team is almost playoff ready now and the lineup looks great.
Free Agent Signings
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Falk, Justin3$1,500,000
Alzner, Karl3$1,500,000
Trades
BUF
  1. 2021 5th round pick (PIT)
PIT
  1. Eakin, Cody
BUF
  1. 2021 5th round pick (BUF)
NJD
  1. Sheahan, Riley
BUF
  1. 2021 5th round pick (FLA)
FLA
  1. Rieder, Tobias
BUF
  1. 2021 4th round pick (VGK)
MTL
  1. McCabe, Jake
BUF
  1. Gaudette, Adam
CHI
  1. Ruotsalainen, Arttu
  2. Lekkas, Stefanos
BUF
  1. 2022 5th round pick (SJS)
MIN
  1. Thompson, Tage
BUF
  1. Garland, Conor
ARI
  1. Asplund, Rasmus
  2. Houser, Michael
  3. 2021 3rd round pick (FLA)
BUF
  1. Iafallo, Alex
LAK
  1. Olofsson, Victor
  2. Fogarty, Steven
BUF
  1. Drouin, Jonathan
MTL
  1. Caggiula, Drake
  2. Girgensons, Zemgus
  3. 2021 5th round pick (FLA)
BUF
  1. Simon, Dominik
CGY
  1. Irwin, Matt
BUF
  1. Dickinson, Jason
  2. 2021 5th round pick (DAL)
DAL
  1. Davidson, Brandon
  2. Murray, Brett
  3. Borgen, William
BUF
  1. 2021 4th round pick (CAR)
CAR
  1. Bryson, Jacob
  2. Samuelsson, Mattias
BUF
  1. Poolman, Tucker
WPG
  1. Jokiharju, Henri
  2. Miller, Colin
  3. Smith, C.J.
BUF
  1. Friedman, Mark
PIT
  1. Tokarski, Dustin
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
  • Jeff Skinner: $8,738,095
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
BUF
BUF
BOS
MTL
BUF
VGK
CAR
MTL
PIT
BUF
DAL
BUF
COL
BUF
2022
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
SJS
BUF
BUF
2023
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
BUF
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
21$81,500,000$70,013,887$1,487,500$3,832,500$11,486,113
Left WingCenterRight Wing
LAK
Iafallo, Alex
$2,425,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
BUF
Eichel, Jack
$10,000,000
C
UFA - 6
ARI
Garland, Conor
$775,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
MTL
Drouin, Jonathan
$5,500,000
LW
UFA - 3
BUF
Mittelstadt, Casey
$874,125
C
RFA - 1
BUF
Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 3
BUF
Bjork, Anders
$1,600,000
LW, RW
RFA - 3
CHI
Gaudette, Adam
$950,000
C
RFA - 1
BUF
Reinhart, Sam
$5,200,000
C, RW
RFA - 1
DAL
Dickinson, Jason
$1,500,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
BUF
Cozens, Dylan
$894,167
C, LW
RFA - 3
CGY
Simon, Dominik
$700,000
RW, LW
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
BUF
Dahlin, Rasmus
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
BUF
Ristolainen, Rasmus
$5,400,000
RD
UFA - 2
BUF
Hutton, Carter
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 1
Falk, Justin
$1,500,000
LD
UFA
WPG
Poolman, Tucker
$775,000
RD
UFA - 1
BUF
Ullmark, Linus
$2,600,000
G
UFA - 1
Alzner, Karl
$1,500,000
LD
UFA
PIT
Friedman, Mark
$725,000
RD
RFA - 2
BUF
Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka
$778,333
G
RFA - 2

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May 6 at 9:52
#1
Lankinen for Hart
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That doesn't get Garland
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May 6 at 9:53
#2
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nobody wants to give up picks for your junk
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May 6 at 9:54
#3
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SJS V4 AGM
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Quoting: Beetlejuice
That doesn't get Garland


I gave 2 solid prospects and a high round pick (3rd round)
May 6 at 9:55
#4
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
Joined: Mar 2021
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Quoting: zyyyp
nobody wants to give up picks for your junk


They're low round picks to teams making a push and looking to add depth guys
May 6 at 9:56
#5
Banned
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First 4 trades: Sure

Gaudette trade: NO!!!

MIN trade: Sure

Garland trade: AZ laughs you out of it

LAK trade: No

Drouin trade: MAybe

Simon trade: sure

Dickinson trade: No

CAR trade: Nah

WPG: HELL NAH

PIT: Sure
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May 6 at 9:56
#6
Joined: Apr 2020
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Quoting: Oilers4Days
They're low round picks to teams making a push and looking to add depth guys


NJ is nowhere close to making a push
May 6 at 9:57
#7
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
Joined: Mar 2021
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Quoting: zyyyp
NJ is nowhere close to making a push


That's an exception lol
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May 6 at 10:00
#8
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
Joined: Mar 2021
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Quoting: LeafsFanZay
First 4 trades: Sure

Gaudette trade: NO!!!

MIN trade: Sure

Garland trade: AZ laughs you out of it

LAK trade: No

Drouin trade: MAybe

Simon trade: sure

Dickinson trade: No

CAR trade: Nah

WPG: HELL NAH

PIT: Sure


Gaudette for 2 solid prospects I think is pretty fair. Gaudette's value is also pretty low.

For Garlund I gave 2 solid prospects and a high round pick (3rd round)

LA gets some good depth guys

The Dickinson trade I gave 3 solid players for him

Carolina takes a few depth adds for a pick

Winnipeg I gave 3 solid players for an okay guy
May 6 at 10:05
#9
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 979
Likes: 184
Quoting: Oilers4Days
I gave 2 solid prospects and a high round pick (3rd round)


Asplund is not a solid prospect. He's an ok young player.
Houser is a 28 y/o goaltender with 2 nhl game experience.
3rd is not even close to get you a top 6 player
May 6 at 10:07
#10
Banned
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Quoting: Oilers4Days
Gaudette for 2 solid prospects I think is pretty fair. Gaudette's value is also pretty low.

For Garlund I gave 2 solid prospects and a high round pick (3rd round)

LA gets some good depth guys

The Dickinson trade I gave 3 solid players for him

Carolina takes a few depth adds for a pick

Winnipeg I gave 3 solid players for an okay guy


Ruotsalainen is better than Gaudette and he has had chemistry on that 3rd line with Bjork and Cozens

Let me first tell you that Houser (age: 28) is not a prospect, and change that 3rd rounder to a 1st rounder and AZ might consider it

Olofsson is better than Iafallo so thats a no from Buffalo

DAL doesnt need crappy depth players

Bryson and Samuelsson are worth more than a 4th

Jokiharju is better than poolman by a MILE
May 6 at 10:19
#11
Sabres fan
Joined: Jul 2020
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This is what happens when a non-Sabres fan says he’s going to fix the team. He ends up trading quality players he doesn’t know about for pieces the team doesn’t actually need. Most of these trades are simply bad.
May 6 at 10:22
#12
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
Joined: Mar 2021
Posts: 814
Likes: 257
Quoting: LeafsFanZay
Ruotsalainen is better than Gaudette and he has had chemistry on that 3rd line with Bjork and Cozens

Let me first tell you that Houser (age: 28) is not a prospect, and change that 3rd rounder to a 1st rounder and AZ might consider it

Olofsson is better than Iafallo so thats a no from Buffalo

DAL doesnt need crappy depth players

Bryson and Samuelsson are worth more than a 4th

Jokiharju is better than poolman by a MILE


I mean 28 yrs old is as young as you get when it comes to prospects. I would like to have Gaudette though he's a good player. Dallas might need some depth players if they get injuries in playoffs.

What do you think about the structure of the team like the lines?
May 6 at 10:23
#13
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
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What does everyone think about the actual lineup?
May 6 at 10:23
#14
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Quoting: Oilers4Days
I mean 28 yrs old is as young as you get when it comes to prospects. I would like to have Gaudette though he's a good player. Dallas might need some depth players if they get injuries in playoffs.

What do you think about the structure of the team like the lines?


This team could contend for 1st overall pick
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May 6 at 10:25
#15
Thread Starter
SJS V4 AGM
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Quoting: LeafsFanZay
This team could contend for 1st overall pick


tears of joy
May 6 at 10:42
#16
First NY Then LA
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That's no where close to Garland, and Olofsson has all of two years in the NHL, the second of which isn't as good as his first, so we'll keep Iafallo, who plays defense, too.
May 6 at 12:32
#17
Vegan Commie Hipster
Joined: Oct 2020
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Quoting: Beetlejuice
That doesn't get Garland


If Garland played with one hand tied behind his back it still wouldn't be a valid return lol
May 6 at 12:39
#18
Vegan Commie Hipster
Joined: Oct 2020
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Karl Alzner's agent just got super excited briefly:

"Oh wait... it's an 'armchair Gm' ?? Wtf... Damn."

13 NHL games since 2018 and he wasn't even good then... if he'd be a warm recognizable body for tanking then ok... but why sign him to more than lg min?
May 6 at 12:49
#19
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I think Friedman needs to get out the metro before the PHL kill him for whatever reason he's totally under their skin.
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May 7 at 12:50
#20
thewookie1
Joined: Jun 2016
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The mere mention of signing Alzner made me wonder if this was some archived AGM from 2016.
 
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