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Tank Machine

Created by: elchud
Initial Creation Date: May 22, 2021
Published: May 22, 2021
Team: 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres
Team Explanation
Blow it up, build back better. Why finish with the 8th worst record, miss the playoffs, when you can get a better lottery ticket.
Intent is to improve organizational depth and balance the rosters and add draft picks.
Intent is to add 2021/22 cap that doesn't improve the team. Intent is to get Beniers & Clarke. Intent is to finish with one of the 4 worst records in the league in 21/22.
Intent is to make the playoffs in 23/24 (maybe 22/23 if Shane Wright arrives)
Reinforcements in 22/23. Beniers/Clarke/Turcotte/Quinn/Samuelsson/Luukkonen/2022 1st round pick
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
Johnson, Ryan3$925,000
Peterka, John-Jason3$925,000
Kukkonen, Miska3$850,000
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Dahlin, Rasmus8$10,000,000
Mittelstadt, Casey4$3,750,000
Jokiharju, Henri4$2,250,000
Asplund, Rasmus4$1,875,000
Andersson, Lias2$1,145,000
Borgen, William2$1,145,000
Fitzgerald, Casey2$750,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Goligoski, Alex3$3,000,000
Rittich, David1$1,500,000
Houser, Michael2$750,000
Caggiula, Drake1$750,000
Dea, Jean-Sébastien2$750,000
Fogarty, Steven2$750,000
Mersch, Michael2$750,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Fitzgerald, Cavan2$750,000
Trades
1.
BUF
  1. 2021 2nd round pick (SEA)
SEA
  1. Ristolainen, Rasmus ($2,700,000 retained)
  2. Pilut, Lawrence [Reserve List]
Additional Details:
Seattle selects Ristolainen (at 50% retained salary) in the expansion draft. The trade is SK 2021 2nd for Lawrence Pilut.
2.
BUF
  1. Quick, Jonathan
  2. Määttä, Olli
  3. MacDermid, Kurtis
  4. Andersson, Lias [RFA Rights]
  5. Turcotte, Alex
  6. Kupari, Rasmus
  7. Grans, Helge [Reserve List]
  8. 2021 1st round pick (LAK)
  9. 2021 2nd round pick (LAK)
  10. 2021 2nd round pick (STL)
LAK
  1. Eichel, Jack
  2. Ruotsalainen, Arttu
3.
BUF
  1. Eriksson, Loui
  2. Roussel, Antoine
  3. Beagle, Jay
  4. 2021 1st round pick (VAN)
  5. 2022 1st round pick (VAN)
  6. 2023 1st round pick (VAN)
Additional Details:
2022 1st top-16 protected (2024 unprotected)
2023 1st top-16 protected (2025 unprotected)
VAN
  1. Reinhart, Sam [RFA Rights]
Additional Details:
Sam Reinhart signs for 5 years, $35million
4.
BUF
  1. 2021 1st round pick (ANA)
  2. 2022 5th round pick (ANA)
ANA 2021 1st is 4th overall (SEA - 1st, NJ - 2nd, BUF - 3rd)
ANA
  1. 2021 1st round pick (LAK)
  2. 2021 1st round pick (VAN)
  3. 2021 2nd round pick (LAK)
  4. 2021 2nd round pick (STL)
  5. 2021 2nd round pick (BOS)
  6. 2021 6th round pick (COL)
LAK 2021 1st is 8th overall
VC 2021 1st is 9th overall
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
  • Loui Eriksson: $4,000,000
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Rasmus Ristolainen: $2,700,000 (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
26$81,500,000$81,800,474$113,916$1,062,500-$300,474
Left WingCenterRight Wing
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Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 6
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Mittelstadt, Casey
$3,750,000
C
RFA - 3
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Thompson, Tage
$1,400,000
C, RW
RFA - 2
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Asplund, Rasmus
$1,875,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
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Cozens, Dylan
$894,167
C, LW
RFA - 2
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Olofsson, Victor
$3,050,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
Andersson, Lias
$1,145,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
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Kupari, Rasmus
$863,333
C, LW, RW
RFA - 2
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Bjork, Anders
$1,600,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
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Caggiula, Drake
$750,000
LW, RW
UFA - 1
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Girgensons, Zemgus
$2,200,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
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Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 2
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Eakin, Cody
$2,250,000
C
UFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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Dahlin, Rasmus
$10,000,000
LD/RD
RFA - 3
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Jokiharju, Henri
$2,250,000
RD
RFA - 3
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Quick, Jonathan
$5,800,000
G
UFA - 2
Goligoski, Alex
$3,000,000
LD/RD
NMC
UFA - 1
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Borgen, William
$1,145,000
RD
RFA - 2
Rittich, David
$1,500,000
G
UFA - 1
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Bryson, Jacob
$889,166
LD/RD
RFA - 1
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Miller, Colin
$3,875,000
RD
UFA - 1
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Määttä, Olli
$3,333,225
LD
UFA - 1
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MacDermid, Kurtis
$875,000
LD/RD, LW
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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Roussel, Antoine
$3,000,000
LW
NTC
UFA - 1
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Beagle, Jay
$3,000,000
C
NTC
UFA - 1
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Houser, Michael
$750,000
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UFA - 1

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May 22, 2021 at 1:34 a.m.
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Canucks decline
May 22, 2021 at 1:37 a.m.
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OK. I thought it would be helpful to clear 12 million in salary to add Reinhart and help fund the Pettersson/Hughes contracts.

What would be fair? The 12 million in contracts, 2021 1st, and 2022 2nd + 2023 2nd? Down grade the two future 1sts to 2nds? I'd probably go for that.
May 22, 2021 at 1:37 a.m.
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On the Reinhart trade...

They’ve ridden out those contracts into the last year & may as well see it through for one last year. The 3 1sts would come back to haunt the Canucks for many years since Reinhart won’t get close to putting Van over the top.

The 12m saved minus 7m leaves 5m. That might get a RHD to fill a need or at least the 3C spot. So holes & depth still remain.

Cap space for Petey & Hughes then Boeser soon would be a hardship.

So Canucks ride it out or use buyouts if prudent would be the better options.
May 22, 2021 at 1:46 a.m.
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I changed the trade. Eriksson/Roussel/Beagle, 2021 1st, 2022 2nd, 2023 2nd.
(Although would anyone be surprised if Benning made a dumb trade?)
May 22, 2021 at 1:53 a.m.
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Quoting: elchud
I changed the trade. Eriksson/Roussel/Beagle, 2021 1st, 2022 2nd, 2023 2nd.
(Although would anyone be surprised if Benning made a dumb trade?)


I think that trade would get you a bag of pucks, not Reinhart. That’s 3 cap dumps.
May 22, 2021 at 1:53 a.m.
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You might as well say your intent is to not sell any tickets at any Sabres home games for the next two seasons. Gee, that sure sounds fun.
May 22, 2021 at 1:53 a.m.
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I think that trade would get you a bag of pucks, not Reinhart. That’s 3 cap dumps.


Its 6 distinct entities. 3 cap dumps, one 1st, two 2nds.
May 22, 2021 at 1:55 a.m.
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Quoting: elchud
Its 6 distinct entities. 3 cap dumps, one 1st, two 2nds.


Right. I think those picks would get you the cap dumps, not a star player.
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May 22, 2021 at 1:55 a.m.
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You might as well say your intent is to not sell any tickets at any Sabres home games for the next two seasons. Gee, that sure sounds fun.


Pegulas can afford it. Fans will come around if the kids stay positive. Sam Reinhart looked like he was being held hostage the entire season. Stick with Granato, trust the plan, there's only one way to go when you hit rock bottom.
May 22, 2021 at 1:57 a.m.
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Quoting: elchud
Its 6 distinct entities. 3 cap dumps, one 1st, two 2nds.


Since this is from a BUF perspective, you wouldn’t need to give Reinhart in that deal.
May 22, 2021 at 1:59 a.m.
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Pegulas can afford it. Fans will come around if the kids stay positive. Sam Reinhart looked like he was being held hostage the entire season. Stick with Granato, trust the plan, there's only one way to go when you hit rock bottom.

It’s pretty clear the Pegulas only care about money. Blatantly making it obvious that you have no intention of winning any hockey games isn’t going to get anyone to pay the watch this team. They have no desire to lose $20 million a season because they can only get 300 people to show up to games. And those 300 people are fans of the opposing team. Even if they understood what planning was, there’s no way they would sign up for a plan that sees them embarrassing the city for 3 more years.
May 22, 2021 at 2:03 a.m.
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It’s pretty clear the Pegulas only care about money. Blatantly making it obvious that you have no intention of winning any hockey games isn’t going to get anyone to pay the watch this team. They have no desire to lose $20 million a season because they can only get 300 people to show up to games. And those 300 people are fans of the opposing team. Even if they understood what planning was, there’s no way they would sign up for a plan that sees them embarrassing the city for 3 more years.


I think that they think the Sabres can turn around like the Bills turned around.

I've seen some awful Sabres teams in my lifetime (and some awful Bills team). The Teddy Nolan teams were always fun to watch. Add someone like Shane Wright or Connor Bedard and the fans will come back.
May 22, 2021 at 2:17 a.m.
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OK, last comment for the night. Three 1sts is fair, 12 million is a lot of salary to take back.

Reinhart to me is worth the 2021 1st (9th overall) plus 2023 1st (somewhere between 21st and 24th overall? who can know these things)

So then is the 2022 1st (somewhere between 17th and 20th?) worth 12 million in cap dumps. I think so.
 
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