The Buffalo Sabres UFA Future
John Vogl of The Athletic: Buffalo Sabres’ UFA targets from one to a number of years out abound. The distinguished gamers are Auston Matthews in 2024, Patrick Kane in 2023, and even Leon Drasaitl in 2025.
Kevyn Adams is placing the Buffalo Sabres able to spend as quickly because the summer season of 2022. At the very least, that’s the plan. The issue with that future is in a yr, who desires to go to Buffalo?
Adams is not going to overpay and that must occur to get a free agent to return to Buffalo. That will apply for 2023 as nicely. At some juncture, the overall supervisor should promote Buffalo nicely or the staff should enhance extra.
2024 and 2025 seem to have extra worth or have extra sensible targets. If Patrick Kane had been to return house although, that may change issues.
2024 sees Connor Hellebuyck, Auston Matthews, and William Nylander all hit the market. That poses some attention-grabbing questions for Buffalo. If the younger core matures for Buffalo, 2025 has Mitch Marner and Leon Draisaitl to think about. Once more, the long run options lots of what-ifs. It’s intriguing to take a position anyway.
Pittsburgh Penguin Contract Musings?
Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey NOW: Making it simpler to signal Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin come 2022 acquired one step simpler this week. Any 35 or over deal that retains an excellent wage with out bonuses is not going to penalize a staff. This enables Malkin to go over to the KHL to complete his profession, and many others.
That enables contract flexibility so Ron Hextall can signal his gamers to longer-term offers. That makes Malkin a better re-sign. Now, about that reconstructed knee…
As for Kris Letang, it is a little more difficult. Letang took a team-friendly deal in his prime of $7.25 million AAV for eight seasons. He’s nonetheless an excellent defenseman this present day.
Will probably be intriguing to see what Ron Hextall and his “interior circle” worth Letang at. The defenseman turns into fairly an attention-grabbing case. Then, there’s Bryan Rust however that’s for later.