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May 15, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Tjm220</b></div><div>In this scenario you’re expecting to get a first line caliber player for a third liner, a second round pick, and a middle first next year. Reinhart would be probably the third best player on your team behind Pettersson and Boeser. And it’s easily argued that Reinhart is a more versatile player than Boeser.
Nobody seems to consider what the Sabres would actually want in return for the players that they think they can get. Buffalo already has several capable bottom six players. They have a couple capable centers behind Eichel, and 2 top six caliber left wingers. A bunch of bottom six players doesn’t help them do anything, they need top six talent especially if they’re giving up one of the top six players they already have. Not to mention in order to make the salary cap work whoever is acquiring either Eichel or Reinhart needs to move money, and no, Buffalo is not taking your worthless cap dump players (Eriksson, Baerschi) to make it work for you.</div></div>
Completely understand where you're coming from; I agree that the people assuming you'll take players like Beagle/Roussel/Baertschi/Eriksson are insane, which is why I didn't bundle those in here. I know taxi squads won't exist next year but you can easily sub that for being buried in the AHL.
I think it's worth considering that Buffalo have very little leverage with Reinhart - yes he's RFA but he has explicitly said he doesn't want to stick around for a rebuild, and would like to play on the west coast.
Lind is a talented 22 y.o. right-winger who has top 6 potential. He doesn't fit the Canucks timeline because the Canucks don't want to rebuild, but obviously as with any young prospect it's a gamble for the Sabres.
As I said, you could sub the 2022 1st for this years, if the Canucks believe they can find a right-handed defenseman on the market and prospects like Clarke are gone before they would be likely to select.