Buffalo Sabres: A roster reckoning coming
John Vogl of The Athletic: Alas, the Buffalo Sabres’ offseason could be very good or an unmitigated disaster.
Buffalo may offer sheet Kasperi Kapanen then sign Jake Gardiner from Toronto for starters. Then, the Sabres acquiring Jacob Trouba with the assurance they sign him would be quite the coup.
The Sabres are hoping players like Victor Olofsson and Alexander Nylander can step up is a bit of a stretch but possible.
Finally, this would rid themselves of Rasmus Ristolainen and several fringe players as well.
However, there is a bad scenario. Buffalo finds themselves unable to re-sign Jeff Skinnerand he walks for zero. The roster looks the same minus Olofsson and Nylander getting second line minutes. Worse, the Sabres would be learning a new system without any real upgrade in talent. If anything, this represents a downturn.