GM Jason Botterill on the status of Rasmus Ristolainen
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) June 29, 2019
The Miller acquisition sparked more Ristolainen trade speculation. However, the Sabres see Ristolainen as a key piece. Unless a team steps up in a big way, it’s unlikely he’s going anywhere.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2019
- The Buffalo Sabres’ acquisition of defenceman Colin Miller Thursday sparked more Rasmus Ristolainen trade speculation according to Dreger.
- However, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going anywhere.
- Dreger notes on Twitter that the Sabres see Ristolainen as a “key piece” and unless a team steps up in a big way, it’s unlikely he gets moved.
- In 78 games last season, the blue liner had five goals and 38 assists for 43 points.
- The Buffalo Sabres are in the midst of the NHL’s longest active playoff drought, which means the team may be open to some big moves in an effort to return to contention in the Eastern Conference.
- Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been at the forefront of trade rumors since last season, and they appear to be heating up even more.
- Botterill could look to trade a defenseman for cap space and draft picks, or he could try for a top-six forward – preferably a center.
Lavoie – Nothing much is happening around the league over the last few days. A lot of teams have turned their direction to July 1st. I was told that the #Sabres are shopping Rasmus Ristolainen hard. Nobody told me that he’s asked for a trade, but we’ll see how it turns out.
— WGR 550 (@WGR550) June 25, 2019
Much talk now that Ristolainen might be traded now that RD Colin Miller is coming to Buffalo but Miller and fellow righty Brandon Montour are not top pairing D’s, and Zach Bogosian is out with hip surgery Ristolainen still a top pairing D
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) June 28, 2019