The Buffalo Sabres UFA Future
John Vogl of The Athletic: Buffalo Sabres’ UFA targets from one to numerous years out are plentiful. The popular gamers are Auston Matthews in 2024, Patrick Kane in 2023, and even Leon Drasaitl in 2025.
Kevyn Adams is putting the Buffalo Sabres in a position to invest as quickly as the summertime of 2022. At least, that is the strategy. The issue with that future remains in a year, who wishes to go to Buffalo?
Adams will not pay too much which would need to occur to get a complimentary representative to come to Buffalo. That might make an application for 2023 also. At some point, the basic supervisor will need to offer Buffalo well or the group will need to enhance more.
2024 and 2025 appear to have more worth or have more sensible targets. If Patrick Kane were to come house though, that may alter things.
2024 sees Connor Hellebuyck, Auston Matthews, and William Nylander all struck the marketplace. That positions some intriguing concerns for Buffalo. If the young core grows for Buffalo, 2025 has Mitch Marner and Leon Draisaitl to think about. Again, the future functions a great deal of what-ifs. It’s interesting to hypothesize anyhow.
Pittsburgh Penguin Contract Musings?
Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey NOW: Making it much easier to sign Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin come 2022 got one action easier today. Any 35 or over offer that keeps an even wage without benefits will not punish a group. This enables Malkin to visit the KHL to complete his profession, etc.
That enables agreement versatility so Ron Hextall can sign his gamers to longer-term offers. That makes Malkin a simpler re-sign. Now, about that rebuilded knee…
As for Kris Letang, it is a bit more complex. Letang took a team-friendly handle his prime of $7.25 million AAV for 8 seasons. He is still an excellent defenseman in this day and age.
It will be interesting to see what Ron Hextall and his “inner circle” worth Letang at. The defenseman ends up being rather a fascinating case. Then, there is Bryan Rust however that is for later on.