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Initial Creation Date: Jul. 31, 2021
Published: Jul. 31, 2021
Team: 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Dahlin, Rasmus6$7,000,000
Fitzgerald, Casey2$750,000
Jokiharju, Henri5$4,000,000
Mittelstadt, Casey2$2,250,000
Comtois, Maxime6$5,500,000
Trades
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  1. Comtois, Maxime [RFA Rights]
  2. Henrique, Adam
  3. Perreault, Jacob
  4. 2022 1st round pick (ANA)
  5. 2023 2nd round pick (ANA)
ANA
  1. Olofsson, Victor
  2. Eichel, Jack
Buyouts
  • Cody Hodgson: $791,667
  • Christian Ehrhoff: $0
  • Cody Eakin: $583,334
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2023
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2024
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$63,073,347$113,916$932,500$18,426,653
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Comtois, Maxime
$5,500,000
LW
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Henrique, Adam
$5,825,000
C, LW
NTC
UFA - 3
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Skinner, Jeff
$9,000,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 6
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Asplund, Rasmus
$825,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
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Mittelstadt, Casey
$2,250,000
C
RFA - 3
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Thompson, Tage
$1,400,000
C, RW
RFA - 2
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Bjork, Anders
$1,600,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
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Cozens, Dylan
$894,167
C, LW
RFA - 2
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Ruotsalainen, Arttu
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
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Girgensons, Zemgus
$2,200,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
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Hinostroza, Vinnie
$1,050,000
RW, LW
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Okposo, Kyle
$6,000,000
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Dahlin, Rasmus
$7,000,000
LD/RD
RFA - 3
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Miller, Colin
$3,875,000
RD
UFA - 1
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Luukkonen, Ukko-Pekka
$778,333
G
RFA - 1
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Butcher, Will
$2,822,764
LD
UFA - 1
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Jokiharju, Henri
$4,000,000
RD
RFA - 3
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Anderson, Craig
$750,000
G
UFA - 1
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Hägg, Robert
$1,600,000
LD
UFA - 1
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Pysyk, Mark
$900,000
RD, RW
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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Bryson, Jacob
$889,166
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RFA - 1
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Caggiula, Drake
$750,000
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UFA - 1
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Hayden, John
$750,000
C, RW
UFA - 1

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Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:06 a.m.
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So, you took less for Eichel AND you threw in Olofsson on top of it? Don’t settle. Adams is right to dig his feet in. The main piece in return needs to be a top end prospect. Comtois is not that.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:10 a.m.
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So, you took less for Eichel AND you threw in Olofsson on top of it? Don’t settle. Adams is right to dig his feet in. The main piece in return needs to be a top end prospect. Comtois is not that.


That ship has sailed.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:12 a.m.
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That ship has sailed.

Maybe for you. The Sabres have made their stance clear. They shouldn’t give in because JE’s camp is crying.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:21 a.m.
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Maybe for you. The Sabres have made their stance clear. They shouldn’t give in because JE’s camp is crying.


With the recent reports and how many teams are out on eichel. Adams has lost most if not all his leverage. This deal does seem a bit light as this is really b+ prospect and a B, with 1st and a 2nd. Henrique is a cap dump. But buffalo screwed themselves holding this long and saying eichel is doing good and wont likely need surgery. But the news yesterday really finished off buffalos waiting game.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:26 a.m.
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With the recent reports and how many teams are out on eichel. Adams has lost most if not all his leverage. This deal does seem a bit light as this is really b+ prospect and a B, with 1st and a 2nd. Henrique is a cap dump. But buffalo screwed themselves holding this long and saying eichel is doing good and wont likely need surgery. But the news yesterday really finished off buffalos waiting game.

So if his value is down, why would trade him when his value is lowest? This return doesn’t help Buffalo. You don’t give away a superstar. Ever. You hold on to him and let him play if you have to. Prove he’s healthy and then try again. Your approach is completely wrong. You’ve given in and therefore, lost the trade. Remember, you own an elite center in his prime with 5 yrs remaining and literally do not have to trade him. Don’t let them flip the script on you. The Sabres are under little to no pressure to trade him. It’s Eichel’s camp that should be nervous, not Buffalo. They can always bring him back, whether it’s “healthy” for locker room or not doesn’t matter. 90% of the team won’t be around in 2 years anyway.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:36 a.m.
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So if his value is down, why would trade him when his value is lowest? This return doesn’t help Buffalo. You don’t give away a superstar. Ever. You hold on to him and let him play if you have to. Prove he’s healthy and then try again. Your approach is completely wrong. You’ve given in and therefore, lost the trade. Remember, you own an elite center in his prime with 5 yrs remaining and literally do not have to trade him. Don’t let them flip the script on you. The Sabres are under little to no pressure to trade him. It’s Eichel’s camp that should be nervous, not Buffalo. They can always bring him back, whether it’s “healthy” for locker room or not doesn’t matter. 90% of the team won’t be around in 2 years anyway.


He wont play until he receives his surgery which buffalo wont allow. How can you "play" him without him being healthy and proving his value. The longer buffalo holds out the less teams are interested and most of them already backed out after trades/FA. Buffalo claims they are under no pressure but everyone has already come to the conclusion that Buffalo is under extreme pressure to the point i wouldn't be surprised if eichel leaves for the khl if something isnt done. They are not giving him away but they will not capitalize on his value because it will be perpetually stuck at its lowest for some time.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:44 a.m.
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He wont play until he receives his surgery which buffalo wont allow. How can you "play" him without him being healthy and proving his value. The longer buffalo holds out the less teams are interested and most of them already backed out after trades/FA. Buffalo claims they are under no pressure but everyone has already come to the conclusion that Buffalo is under extreme pressure to the point i wouldn't be surprised if eichel leaves for the khl if something isnt done. They are not giving him away but they will not capitalize on his value because it will be perpetually stuck at its lowest for some time.

Sorry, your stance is wrong. He can leave for Russia if he wants, which everyone knows he doesn’t want to do. This is a tactic that you’re falling for. Ppl say things like “time is running out”, “KHL”, “injury”, “you’ll be stuck with him”, “disgruntled”, etc. as a tactic to drive his price down and make the team feel as though there’s mounting pressure to trade him. There’s not. The Sabres are in control. Period. Always remember that. If you’re not getting good value in return, you don’t have to make a move.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:46 a.m.
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Sorry, your stance is wrong. He can leave for Russia if he wants, which everyone knows he doesn’t want to do. This is a tactic that you’re falling for. Ppl say things like “time is running out”, “KHL”, “injury”, “you’ll be stuck with him”, “disgruntled”, etc. as a tactic to drive his price down and make the team feel as though there’s mounting pressure to trade him. There’s not. The Sabres are in control. Period. Always remember that. If you’re not getting good value in return, you don’t have to make a move.


I don't agree with you and I'm sure future free agents don't agree with you either.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 8:55 a.m.
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Sorry, your stance is wrong. He can leave for Russia if he wants, which everyone knows he doesn’t want to do. This is a tactic that you’re falling for. Ppl say things like “time is running out”, “KHL”, “injury”, “you’ll be stuck with him”, “disgruntled”, etc. as a tactic to drive his price down and make the team feel as though there’s mounting pressure to trade him. There’s not. The Sabres are in control. Period. Always remember that. If you’re not getting good value in return, you don’t have to make a move.


Right they are in control but in no means are they not under pressure. Sabres will continue to be a tire fire, and this latest news keeps adding to it. Having an asset that wants out and yeilds a decent return currently is better moved now than held onto and not even playing because buffalo won't let him get the surgery and he won't play without it. Management will just take the L and be out 70M and whatever assets he would've yielded in a trade.
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Sorry, your stance is wrong. He can leave for Russia if he wants, which everyone knows he doesn’t want to do. This is a tactic that you’re falling for. Ppl say things like “time is running out”, “KHL”, “injury”, “you’ll be stuck with him”, “disgruntled”, etc. as a tactic to drive his price down and make the team feel as though there’s mounting pressure to trade him. There’s not. The Sabres are in control. Period. Always remember that. If you’re not getting good value in return, you don’t have to make a move.


Not to mention other players seeing this approach will make Buffalo an awful destination for free agents and have them be an even more avoided team than they already are.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:07 a.m.
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Sorry, your stance is wrong. He can leave for Russia if he wants, which everyone knows he doesn’t want to do. This is a tactic that you’re falling for. Ppl say things like “time is running out”, “KHL”, “injury”, “you’ll be stuck with him”, “disgruntled”, etc. as a tactic to drive his price down and make the team feel as though there’s mounting pressure to trade him. There’s not. The Sabres are in control. Period. Always remember that. If you’re not getting good value in return, you don’t have to make a move.


They're only on control for a little while actually. His NMC kicks in soon and then they have literally no control. He will likely pull a Taylor Hall and force a trade to the exact team he wants and they will give Buffalo a measly return because Buffalo is forced to either pay a guy 10 million not to play or take whatever the other team is offering.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:55 a.m.
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I don't agree with you and I'm sure future free agents don't agree with you either.

Free agents are overpaid and is a market you should stay away from anyway. You build from within with draft picks. That said, free agents follow money and good hockey teams. If the Sabres are good in 3-5 years, no one will care what happened in the past.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:56 a.m.
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Right they are in control but in no means are they not under pressure. Sabres will continue to be a tire fire, and this latest news keeps adding to it. Having an asset that wants out and yeilds a decent return currently is better moved now than held onto and not even playing because buffalo won't let him get the surgery and he won't play without it. Management will just take the L and be out 70M and whatever assets he would've yielded in a trade.

JE will play. There are so many options to resolve it, one of which an arbitrator. He’s not gonna miss out on getting paid. Trust me
Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:58 a.m.
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Not to mention other players seeing this approach will make Buffalo an awful destination for free agents and have them be an even more avoided team than they already are.

Stop operating out of fear. Free agents? Tell me, who is the all time leading free agent scorer for the Sabres? Okposo? Idk, but I guarantee you it’s no one good. Free agency is fools good. It’s overpayment. Also, if the Sabres are good, no one will care what happened with JE in the past. What a lazy narrative to convince yourself you should give away a superstar
Jul. 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
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They're only on control for a little while actually. His NMC kicks in soon and then they have literally no control. He will likely pull a Taylor Hall and force a trade to the exact team he wants and they will give Buffalo a measly return because Buffalo is forced to either pay a guy 10 million not to play or take whatever the other team is offering.

Wrong. Hall was a UFA. It was trade him or lose him. JE is under control. The NMC doesn’t matter. It’s not as big a deal as ppl think. It’s an obstacle, but nothing tragic. If you present Eichel with the option of say Minnesota or staying in Buffalo, is he gonna say no?
Jul. 31, 2021 at 10:20 a.m.
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Wrong. Hall was a UFA. It was trade him or lose him. JE is under control. The NMC doesn’t matter. It’s not as big a deal as ppl think. It’s an obstacle, but nothing tragic. If you present Eichel with the option of say Minnesota or staying in Buffalo, is he gonna say no?


Hall still had a NMC and diminished his value quite a bit. If Eichle isn't playing and then gets to choose where he goes then ya, he likely just says no to every trade until it's where he wants to go, it's a pretty big handicap to Buffalos management whether you want to believe it or not.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 10:42 a.m.
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Hall still had a NMC and diminished his value quite a bit. If Eichle isn't playing and then gets to choose where he goes then ya, he likely just says no to every trade until it's where he wants to go, it's a pretty big handicap to Buffalos management whether you want to believe it or not.

No. Hall HAD to go because he was a pending UFA. You DO NOT have to trade Eichel. He can’t leave in 1yr. Eichel has very little power in this situation. Eichel can say no all he wants. His only option then is to stay in Buffalo. Stop putting yourself in a place of desperation. You will always lose. You need to take the mindset that YOU are in control and do NOT have to make a move if you don’t want to. Those are facts.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 5:39 p.m.
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Wrong. Hall was a UFA. It was trade him or lose him. JE is under control. The NMC doesn’t matter. It’s not as big a deal as ppl think. It’s an obstacle, but nothing tragic. If you present Eichel with the option of say Minnesota or staying in Buffalo, is he gonna say no?


i think you're going to be disappointed with the results of eichels trade. As a NYR i am not even interested in eichel anymore with so many injury complications and his high cost. He isn't worth it considering his career could take a significant turn of events. Im in favor of dvorak now. Buffalo doesn't have a lot of people interested in him anymore meaning whatever offers you get, they likely wont increase or yield what you want. Just look at the big picture not just your teams scope on this incident.
Jul. 31, 2021 at 6:09 p.m.
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So, you took less for Eichel AND you threw in Olofsson on top of it? Don’t settle. Adams is right to dig his feet in. The main piece in return needs to be a top end prospect. Comtois is not that.


Although I do understand your pov and the overall frustration of this situation do you feel this take or recent events will only make Buffalo's future harder? Like do see this s***show taking affect with future RFA signings?
Jul. 31, 2021 at 6:14 p.m.
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Although I do understand your pov and the overall frustration of this situation do you feel this take or recent events will only make Buffalo's future harder? Like do see this s***show taking affect with future RFA signings?


Depends on how good dahlin, cozens, mittelstadt, power, Jack Quinn, UPL and our 2022 1st rounder is (plus the eichel return)
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Jul. 31, 2021 at 10:16 p.m.
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Although I do understand your pov and the overall frustration of this situation do you feel this take or recent events will only make Buffalo's future harder? Like do see this s***show taking affect with future RFA signings?


No. Players don’t care about that stuff as much as ppl think. They either follow the money or go to the good teams. If the Sabres build the team properly and are winning, no one will care about Jack eichel’s situation anymore.

Also, UFAs are fools gold anyway. They’re always overpaid and put your team in cap trouble. Good teams are built in the draft
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Jul. 31, 2021 at 11:44 p.m.
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No. Players don’t care about that stuff as much as ppl think. They either follow the money or go to the good teams. If the Sabres build the team properly and are winning, no one will care about Jack eichel’s situation anymore.

Also, UFAs are fools gold anyway. They’re always overpaid and put your team in cap trouble. Good teams are built in the draft


Agree on UFAs. Why I strictly mentioned RFAs. That said, in Buffalo's case the only great players they seem to produce from their system are top 5 draft picks. Possibly top 10 with Cozens and Middlestat. But with Buffalo's future seeming to be destined to draft in the top 10 range for another year at the very least I do see this having a longer lasting impact. With management not being open to player choice I could see top talents like Wright not being privy to enter this organization long term. Nonetheless I do agree with what you say here but I dont think it can be applied to buffalo's situation unless they become a franchise that develops later round prospects much much better than shown in recent years.
 
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