GM Jason Botterill on the status of Rasmus Ristolainen

  • 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.

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