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Created by: Sabresguy1987
Team: 2024-25 Buffalo Sabres
Initial Creation Date: Jan. 24, 2024
Published: Jan. 24, 2024
Salary Cap Mode: Basic
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
2$950,000
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
1$1,500,000
2$2,500,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
3$3,000,000
3$3,500,000
5$6,500,000
2$2,500,000
1$1,000,000
Trades
1.
MIN
  1. Mittelstadt, Casey [RFA Rights]
  2. 2025 2nd round pick (BUF)
2.
BUF
  1. 2024 3rd round pick (VAN)
3.
ARI
  1. Samuelsson, Mattias
  2. 2024 2nd round pick (BUF)
4.
BUF
  1. Nikishin, Alexander [Reserve List]
Buyouts
DraftRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7
2024
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2025
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2026
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
23$87,500,000$80,333,134$0$3,500,000$7,166,866
Left WingCentreRight Wing
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$950,000$950,000 (Performance Bonus$650,000$650K)
LW
RFA - 2
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$7,142,857$7,142,857
C
M-NTC
UFA - 6
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$863,333$863,333 (Performance Bonus$850,000$850K)
RW, LW
RFA - 1
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$855,833$855,833
LW, RW
RFA - 1
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$7,100,000$7,100,000
C, LW
UFA - 6
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$4,300,000$4,300,000
LW, RW
UFA - 3
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$918,333$918,333 (Performance Bonus$1,000,000$1M)
C
RFA - 2
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$5,250,000$5,250,000
C
M-NTC, NMC
UFA - 5
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$4,750,000$4,750,000
RW, LW
M-NTC
UFA - 2
$3,000,000$3,000,000
LW, RW
UFA
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$1,500,000$1,500,000
C, LW
RFA
$2,500,000$2,500,000
RW, C, LW
UFA
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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$11,000,000$11,000,000
LD/RD
UFA - 8
$6,500,000$6,500,000
RD
UFA
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$2,500,000$2,500,000
G
RFA
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$8,350,000$8,350,000
LD/RD
UFA - 7
$3,500,000$3,500,000
LD/RD
UFA
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$925,000$925,000 (Performance Bonus$1,000,000$1M)
G
RFA - 1
$950,000$950,000
LD
RFA
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$3,333,333$3,333,333
RD
UFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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$925,000$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
$1,000,000$1,000,000
RW, LW
UFA
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$775,000$775,000
RW
RFA - 1

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Jan. 24 at 3:14 p.m.
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Like the 1st 3 trades. Can't see Buffalo doing the 4th trade with R. Johnson, Novikov and Lindgren coming up the pipeline on the Left
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Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m.
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Minnesota blocks your number
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Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m.
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Quoting: BUFF36
Like the 1st 3 trades. Can't see Buffalo doing the 4th trade with R. Johnson, Novikov and Lindgren coming up the pipeline on the Left


meh, I really like johnson but nikishkin brings a completely different game. Novikov and Lindgren will never play in the nhl
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Jan. 24 at 3:16 p.m.
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Quoting: Caerii
Minnesota blocks your number


whys that exactly? outpacing production and younger, i get the defensive game may be better with JEK but hence why I added the 2nd
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Jan. 24 at 3:20 p.m.
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Edited Jan. 24 at 4:32 p.m.
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whys that exactly? outpacing production and younger, i get the defensive game may be better with JEK but hence why I added the 2nd


Outproducing? By 1 point? That's not outproducing, that's potentially one game from Ek being ahead by 1 point. And Ek has 8 more goals. Ek is also miles better defensively, not to mention the grit and physical play he brings. Ek is also signed for 5 more years at a very good contract, where Mittelstadt't $ value is unknown, and will probably be higher than Ek's. Ek being two years older and including a 2nd round pick two drafts from now doesn't come close to offsetting the value.
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Jan. 24 at 3:20 p.m.
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If the Canes even have the slightest sniff that Nikishin wont come to NA, then they should take this and run!
Jan. 24 at 3:26 p.m.
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Canucks pass. Not that interested in a 3M 4th liner
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Jan. 24 at 3:36 p.m.
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Canucks pass. Not that interested in a 3M 4th liner


fair
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Jan. 24 at 3:36 p.m.
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Outproducing? By 1 point? That's not outproducing, that's potentially one game from Ek being ahead by 1 point. And Ek has 8 more goals. Ek is also miles better defensively, not to mention the grit and physical play he brings. Ek is also signed for 5 more years at a very good contract, where Middelstadt't $ value is unknown, and will probably be higher than Ek's. Ek being two years older and including a 2nd round pick two drafts from now doesn't come close to offsetting the value.


home town boy, bring him home
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Jan. 24 at 3:41 p.m.
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meh, I really like johnson but nikishkin brings a completely different game. Novikov and Lindgren will never play in the nhl


Not enough for me to give up Kulich when I already have Dahlin, Power, R. Johnson on the left side. And Novikov is having a fabulous year in Rochester.
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Jan. 24 at 3:42 p.m.
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Why do the Canes make this trade?
Jan. 24 at 3:49 p.m.
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Quoting: Sabresguy1987
home town boy, bring him home


Wild would offer you a 4th for mitts. This trade is ridiculous as shown. Maybe if it were cozens.
Jan. 24 at 3:51 p.m.
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Eriksson Ek is not available. Your offer is a lowball. How'd you like Tage Thompson for Ryan Hartman and a 3rd?
Jan. 24 at 3:51 p.m.
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Jan. 24 at 4:09 p.m.
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Quoting: BUFF36
Like the 1st 3 trades. Can't see Buffalo doing the 4th trade with R. Johnson, Novikov and Lindgren coming up the pipeline on the Left


Nikishin is better than Johnson, and probably better than Power right now. There's not a chance Carolina consider this, not for a second. He's the best defenseman in the world right now that isn't in the NHL, and it's not close
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Jan. 24 at 4:20 p.m.
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Quoting: Caniac2000
Nikishin is better than Johnson, and probably better than Power right now. There's not a chance Carolina consider this, not for a second. He's the best defenseman in the world right now that isn't in the NHL, and it's not close


I do understand how good he is, but with the Depth at LD. If we are using Kulich it's for a top RD. IMO
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Jan. 24 at 4:25 p.m.
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Quoting: Sabresguy1987
whys that exactly? outpacing production and younger, i get the defensive game may be better with JEK but hence why I added the 2nd


U sound totally absurd with that reasoning
Mitts next contract will be a few mil bigger also
Plus Ek is the better player right now

I’m a Sabres fan,
but i agree there’s no way Minny makes that deal
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Jan. 24 at 4:40 p.m.
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Quoting: AntiAnalytics
U sound totally absurd with that reasoning
Mitts next contract will be a few mil bigger also
Plus Ek is the better player right now

I’m a Sabres fan,
but i agree there’s no way Minny makes that deal


Thanks for your opinion, always appreciated on this site
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Jan. 24 at 4:40 p.m.
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Eriksson Ek is not available. Your offer is a lowball. How'd you like Tage Thompson for Ryan Hartman and a 3rd?


Realistically JEK is no where near tage and hartman is no where near mitts, but alright keep him lol
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Jan. 24 at 5:05 p.m.
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Quoting: BUFF36
I do understand how good he is, but with the Depth at LD. If we are using Kulich it's for a top RD. IMO


Nikishin, like power and Dahlin, can play both sides. Kulich wouldn't get Nikishin anyway
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Jan. 24 at 5:06 p.m.
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Quoting: Sabresguy1987
Realistically JEK is no where near tage and hartman is no where near mitts, but alright keep him lol


That was literally the entire point he was making. Mittelstadt is to JEE as JEE is to Tage.

Let's put it this way. There's not a single player on the Sabers roster that Minnesota willfully trades for JEE straight up for.

Not Tage, Dahlin, Power, Cozens nor Benson.

Not one.

It's literally not a question of value. It's that he's literally untouchable as untouchable gets. Canucks fans have thrown Lekkerimaki, Raty, Podkolzin plus two 1sts at us in ACGM's. Which blows this offer out of the water. The answer was still no. It would require Elias Pettersson (#40) to be coming back our way for us to even consider moving JEE.

Reasonable? Absolutely not. But that's what it would take. Saber fans had better be prepared to pay that kind of price in order to acquire him, because it's not happening otherwise.
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Jan. 24 at 5:35 p.m.
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Quoting: AntiAnalytics
U sound totally absurd with that reasoning
Mitts next contract will be a few mil bigger also
Plus Ek is the better player right now

I’m a Sabres fan,
but i agree there’s no way Minny makes that deal


Yeah, no way this makes any sense for Min. The contract difference alone is massive.
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Jan. 24 at 6:42 p.m.
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Quoting: Caniac2000
Nikishin, like power and Dahlin, can play both sides. Kulich wouldn't get Nikishin anyway


That's cool, I mean the guy hasn't even signed.
Jan. 24 at 7:14 p.m.
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AZ is not trading crouse
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Jan. 24 at 10:13 p.m.
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Quoting: Sabresguy1987
Thanks for your opinion, always appreciated on this site


U posted
Ppl respond

That’s how these sites work
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