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    Buffalo Sabres 2021-22 NHL Season Preview

    2020-21 Season Review
    Record: 15-34-7 (37 points); eighth place in East Division
    Postseason: Did not qualify for playoffs; drafted Owen Power No. 1 overall
    Offensive leader: Sam Reinhart (54 games, 25 goals, 15 assists, 40 points)

    Free Agent Additions: Will Butcher (trade from Devils), Robert Hagg (trade from Flyers), Vinnie Hinostroza, Aaron Dell, Craig Anderson
    Free Agent Subtractions: Sam Reinhart (trade to Panthers), Rasmus Ristolainen (trade to Flyers), Linus Ullmark (Bruins), Riley Sheahan (Seattle)

    Biggest Question Facing the Sabres
    What is going to happen with Jack Eichel?

    This really is the only question at this point. And really it is more of a question of when will it happen.

    With or without Eichel the team is going to struggle. They already traded Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen, the roster is thin and lacking in impact players, goaltending is non-existent, and while the defense has some intriguing young pieces it is still not a great group.

    But an Eichel trade seems to simply be a matter of when and not if.

    The situation has turned ugly as the two sides can not agree on the best course of action regarding his desire for surgery, he is clearly frustrated with the lack of success on the ice, while the team simply looks like it is ready for another rebuild.

    Whats the salary cap situation?
    As of this publication the Sabres remain below the NHLs salary floor with restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Dahlin still unsigned. They will easily clear the floor when he signs. But if Eichel gets traded that will be another $10 million coming off the books.

    Jeff Skinners contract ($9 million per year through the end of the 2026-27 season) is the only other significant contract on the books. And while that has quickly turned into an albatross of a deal, they have so few commitments elsewhere that they have plenty of salary cap flexibility to work with and will have even more after the inevitable Eichel trade.

    Breakout Candidate
    Henri Jokiharju

    The one area of the Sabres that has some intriguing young players is clearly on the defense. Rasmus Dahlin had an inconsistent season a year ago, but he still has star potential. Owen Power was the top pick in the draft, but it not making the jump to the NHL just yet. Those two are going to be the building blocks.

    Jokiharju is worth paying attention to as well.

    Entering his fourth year in the league, and third with the Sabres, he is at a point now where he probably needs to take a big step forward if he is going to reach his potential. He has shown flashes of it during that time, and the Sabres thought highly enough of him to give him a three-year deal this offseason.

    Best-Case Scenario
    With this roster and playing in a division with Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, Florida, and even Montreal it makes the playoffs seem like nothing more than a dream. So what do the Sabres have to look forward to here? Hopefully that Dahlin finds consistency, and players like Casey Mittelstadt and Jokiharju take big steps forward. It would also be beneficial if Jeff Skinner was able to return to form a little and maybe salvage some of that contract.

    Worst-Case Scenario
    The worst case situation here is that they screw up an Eichel trade and do not get any real progression from players like Dahlin, Mittelstadt, or Jokiharju. This is going to be a long season either way, and the coming seasons are going to be just as ugly as another major rebuild starts. But they have to see some sort of progress somewhere.


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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    I think mittlestadt is who I'm really gonna focus on. I want to see him become somewhat the player the drafted. If he can become a 50 plus point guy, that's perfect
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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Mittlestadt has never looked like that.

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by swiper View Post
    Mittlestadt has never looked like that.
    He did at the end of last year.

    https://www.hockey-reference.com/pla...1/gamelog/2021

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    +20000, I’m liking those odds. $20 equals $4,000 !!
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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Best case scenario is they play in the AHL until they have an NHL roster.
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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Sabres 2021-2022 preview and final season review:

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train View Post
    Best case scenario is they play in the AHL until they have an NHL roster.
    It's so bad that they need t keep Eichel's $10 million on the books so they barely make the required salary floor.

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    I saw sabres preview… expected

























    This. A big fat blank.

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by sukie View Post
    I saw sabres preview… expected

























    This. A big fat blank.
    Bring back McNabb, McKegney, Schonfeld and Korab.

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by swiper View Post
    It's so bad that they need t keep Eichel's $10 million on the books so they barely make the required salary floor.
    Yeah that's going to be an issue if they trade him. But, if his $10 mill barely gets them to the floor, who do they get back that's going to get paid that much? There aren't any FA's left worth that much. It's going to be interesting to see how they stay at the floor.

    I have to say, though, it sucks that they're doing the absolute bare minimum. Part of me gets it. FA's don't want to come here and throwing a bunch of money at a big name isn't going to fix this mess. But it feels like they aren't even trying. It doesn't feel like there's a plan to fix this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpIv37 View Post
    Yeah that's going to be an issue if they trade him. But, if his $10 mill barely gets them to the floor, who do they get back that's going to get paid that much? There aren't any FA's left worth that much. It's going to be interesting to see how they stay at the floor.

    I have to say, though, it sucks that they're doing the absolute bare minimum. Part of me gets it. FA's don't want to come here and throwing a bunch of money at a big name isn't going to fix this mess. But it feels like they aren't even trying. It doesn't feel like there's a plan to fix this.
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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    First prospect game last night. UPL shutout. 3-0 over NJ. Had about 1000 fans at the Harborcenter. 2 more this weekend.

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    This year's gonna be tough, but it looks like a natural leader is emerging in cozins. And mittlestadt appears to gotten the message

    https://twitter.com/LLysowski/status...951322628?s=19

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    Re: Sabres 2021-22 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by JATMtheJATM View Post
    This year's gonna be tough, but it looks like a natural leader is emerging in cozins. And mittlestadt appears to gotten the message

    https://twitter.com/LLysowski/status...951322628?s=19

    Agreed. The Workhorse from Whitehorse GETS it. That said, I don't want him to get the C on his jersey until he EARNS it. And it will take a while until it happens.
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