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OFFICIAL:Sabres Sign 3 year ELC with Artuu Ruotsalainen

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13 hours ago, Briere48 said:

How did he miss the cut? Not exactly competing against any notable Finnish forwards.

Did he get released from the team or did he decide to leave?  If he was sure he was signing he may want to come to North America sooner rather than later to train with real NHLers to give him his best shot of making the Sabres roster.

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8 minutes ago, steveoath said:

What I don't understand is how can he be a free agent if he has a contract until 2022?

He's an NHL free agent. 

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6 minutes ago, steveoath said:

What I don't understand is how can he be a free agent if he has a contract until 2022?

He's an NHL free agent; i.e., he's not tied to any NHL team.  Beyond that, I'm not sure how all the contract rules work, but I don't think his current contract can prevent him from signing a contract in a higher level league.

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9 hours ago, Doohickie said:

Did he get released from the team or did he decide to leave?  If he was sure he was signing he may want to come to North America sooner rather than later to train with real NHLers to give him his best shot of making the Sabres roster.

He got cut.

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17 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

Source?

 

Ah you had to go there... so many inappropriate responses possible.

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10 hours ago, Briere48 said:

He got cut.

I somehow doubt that Ilves cut their leading scorer. 

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24 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

Next year's Tage has been identified.

Or maybe next year’s gOlofsson.

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2 minutes ago, Curtisp5286 said:

Or maybe next year’s gOlofsson.

That would be nice.  Looks like he might spend another year in Finland from the tweets posted by WC.

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6 minutes ago, Brawndo said:

He’s not eligible for Rochester until his Finnish Season is over.

 

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19 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

That would be nice.  Looks like he might spend another year in Finland from the tweets posted by WC.

Yeah, saw that too.  Just came back to correct myself.  Nothing wrong with spending another season in Liiga if he doesn’t make the Sabres.  It’s good organization depth no matter what.

EDIT: Also, Liiga regular season does end in mid March, about 1 month before the AHL regular season ends, so he could play in Liiga, then come over to play in Rochester for the last 2-3 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs.

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On 4/17/2019 at 3:41 PM, IKnowPhysics said:

I usually use Vollman's numbers, which are a year or two old:  

 

 

Olofsson (63 points in 66 AHL games) is about 37 points.  Asplund (41 points in 75 AHL games) is about 21 points.

 

Olofsson looks like he is going to be well above 37 points

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2 minutes ago, matter2003 said:

Olofsson looks like he is going to be well above 37 points

Just based on the "eye test"? 

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1 minute ago, inkman said:

Just based on the "eye test"? 

Based on what he did in a few games at the NHL level...he looked like he belonged

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27 minutes ago, Sabre1974 said:

what's everyone's thoughts on this. Does he make the roster out of camp?

 

It's like an extra mid-round draft pick for no cost. 

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Doubt he makes it - ever, actually. Glad they signed him. They will strike gold with one of these at some point.

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I listened to the interview that @WildCard mentioned above -- it was with Dobber Hockey's (which is a fantasy site) Finnish correspondent.  FWIW, he raved about the FNG -- said he was a very gifted offensive player who plays a complete game -- e.g. he led his team in PK minutes in addition to the scoring categories.

I agree with @dudacek that it makes sense to keep taking shots like these -- sooner or later one will hit.

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