Sabres made big strides this offseason, and may not be done yet
Also, I think it’s extremely fun that every time BUF does something, Ristolainen starts trending.
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) July 9, 2019
- Sabres aren’t done dealing this summer. Given their depth on defense, Botterill could peddle Ristolainen for a top-six forward.
- One rumored suggestion is dangling him to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Nikolaj Ehlers, or perhaps a package of young forward Jack Roslovic and veteran Mathieu Perreault.
- O’Brien also wondered if the Edmonton Oilers would be open to a Ristolainen-for-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins swap.
- Again, people get excited about the idea of Ristolainen being traded, as he’s prominent enough to be part of a blockbuster, as his $5.4M cap hit is both movable and large enough to be part of a hefty deal.
- Sabres fans should salivate at some of the names thrown out there, as they could provide that one extra piece that truly rounds out a top-heavy offense into being nicely balanced.
- After losing Myers and Jacob Trouba, Jets could be very interested in acquiring Ristolainen?
- Ehlers, in particular, excites as a buy-low trade, but he’s not the only option.
- Oilers would bite on Ristolainen for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins trade, poor Edmonton fans might get another taste of Peter Chiarelli-style blunders even after Chiarelli’s been replaced by Ken Holland.
- If it’s Ehlers, that player could pan out and bring a lot more to the table than Ristolainen, who profiles as a deeply flawed player.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Rasmus Ristolainen. It feels predestined.
— James O’Brien 📎 (@cyclelikesedins) July 9, 2019
- According to Cap Friendly, the Jets currently have $22.9 million in cap space with the four aforementioned players left to sign.
- If we use Evolving Hockey’s contract projections we can get an idea of roughly how much space they’ll have left after signing all four players.
- So, let’s say they sign for the following cap hits:
Laine: $7 million
Connor: $7 million
Pionk: $2.93 million
Copp: $2.17 million
- That would leave the Jets with roughly $3.8 million in cap space with those contracts added in.
- It’s possible Laine or Connor could come in higher, while at the same time the other two contracts could come in at a lower cap hit.
- The Jets can make that cap space work this season, but the catch is their issues don’t go away next summer.