29 jun 2017
Blue Jackets de Columbus
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Sabres de Buffalo
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>swinny</b></div><div>He is still only 25, and his contract under normal circumstances is very reasonable.... But it's hard to disagree with what you are saying. I really don't see a trade partner who could take that contract on while being able to have the appropriate return.
Conversely, not many here will take away from Risto's offensive game. Special teams really matter to win games. Dahlin and Risto manning PP units is a luxury they have at the moment.
So, for my money, I would be thinking it's Montour getting dealt. RFA meaning contract control, should see a reasonable long term contract, and still rather young by NHL defenseman stadards..... He should net a similar return as Risto.</div></div>
If you want to have a complete team that contends, yes Special teams do matter, and we were dead last in the league on the penalty kill. The PK cost us games last year and PP hasn't been so hot either of late. We had a great unit under Bylsma in his last year three years ago, and since then we've been average at best, alot of which because we lack the forward depth, we don't really have a good second unit, and we are desperate for an effective front net presence. But we need to improve in both, especially the penalty kill which nose dived from 12th to 30th.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>swinny</b></div><div>I am not so sure he wasn't saying anything differently than Eichel. Only difference I noticed was he wasn't as pissed off about it.</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>aadoyle</b></div><div>After what he said in that interview I just cant see Ristolinen staying. He basiclaly threw the team under the buss indirectly and no GM wants that.</div></div>
I think the big issue with Ristolainen is that Jason Botterill has to get a good return for him in a trade, or move him in a transaction that make sense. You have to find a team that is in need of a right handed, powerplay quarterback who can get you 40 points from the back end but may not provide you with the stout defense you need, meaning you'll have to shelter him. This team is likely going to be a contending team for sure, and the Sabres will probably need to retain salary to max his value.
Plus we know Botterill is likely gonna want a top six forward in return, particularly a top 6 center.....or a first round pick.....he's likely not going to get that top 6 forward, otherwise he'd be gone by now.....maybe you get a first from a team dumb enough to part with one, but the right team needs to be there.
Risto's real value is likely a pair of seconds, a prospect with middle six NHL upside, and a roster player.....and if that is the return, people will rip Botterill, who has more pressure on him to not screw up because of the O'Reilly deal.
Right now, I don't see that trade partner out there.
On the flip side, Ristolainen did improve under Kreuger, so I'd say, unless a big offer comes along.....hope he continues to improve, maybe move him at the deadline, or save him for the expansion draft.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>gretzkyghosts</b></div><div>I like your optimism of getting Rossi. The future would be even brighter with him.
What is this fascination with Zacha? Not only you but other posts as well.
At 21 years old he had 51 pts in 140 NHL games for .364pt/gm
At 21 Mittelstadt has 39 pts in 114 NHL games for .342pt/gm, and I have to give up McCabe for double the cap hit of Mittelstadt.
The Sabres have Olofsson, Reinhart, Eichel and Skinner carved in stone as top 6 forwards. Zacha is not even close to their capabilities.
Zacha has the talents of a good 3rd line center which Johansson could do very well and we would not have to give up on our hardest hitting LHD and a still developing prospect.
IMO we will see a Right handed forward added to the team either through a trade or free agency, and one of Kahun, Cozens, Thompson or Mittelstadt will be the sixth.</div></div>
So the fascination with Zacha for me is, he brings a lot to the Sabres that team currently lacks. I mean I agree with you in the sense that he's not an elite player, and may never be a guy who gets you >60 points. But he brings a lot of traits to the table the Sabres lack, and he's also still relatively young. I really feel the Sabres can use another really good two-way forward in the lineup, someone with the potential to be a solid middle six shut down center someday, and they could also use more size up front. The other thing is that he's a good penalty killer, and the Sabres don't have enough of them and Zacha was one of the key penalty killing forwards on a top 7 penalty killing unit in the league
Zacha has also slowly improved offensively in each of the past three seasons. This past season he was on pace for a 40 pt season. I'd say right now, Zacha has shown his floor is probably a 30-40 point third line center with a lower ceiling of 50 point middle six center with decent defensive abilities. Whereas with Mittelstadt, right now he is boom or bust, he's got to make back to the NHL and he needs to get his body and mind reconditioned for the NHL. And with Dylan Cozens likely to get every shot to make the NHL next year, and with the addition of a guy like Rossi, and with added pressure on the organization to get immediate help for Jack Eichel, Mittelstadt may not be able to provide that fast enough,and he will have a tougher path back to the NHL, while Zacha we know can at least fill a swiss army knife role on the team, help the penalty kill, play a shutdown role if needed, and center the 2nd, or more likely third line.
The hope for Zacha in acquiring him though is that he develops into one of the top two-way forwards in the game, and a guy who can get you 50 points.
I'd value Tierney as a high second round pick, Top 40 overall. I think the deal is fair value.
The Anderson is fair value, as of right now, he's worth a second and a prospect. However, if Anderson gets on track, he can easily fetch a first. But he is one of those players where what you will get in return will never truly equate the return because of his value to the team, and CBJ needs scoring. When he's healthy, he brings that. CBJ is likely to hold.
I would say the Ducks decline the Reinhart deal so i'd agree with Arlotti. Lundestrom breaks that trade as he is a huge part of their future. He's probably their second line center of the future. The Ducks are slowly building a very strong team down the middle with Lundestrom, Zegras, Steel, and Groulx, and I don't think the Ducks are moving the first three. Rakell has immense value by himself to contenders because of his cap hit and versatility, although some Buffalo fans may want him at center, he can play the position, thats not his best position, and we'd be asking for trouble by playing him there. He would still fetch a ton in return by himself