Flush with cap space, how much are the Sabres looking to spend and contend?
The Buffalo Sabres have traded away two of their three biggest assets in Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen, with Jack Eichel’s future as the Sabres’ 1C still up in the air.
NHL Free Agent Frenzy begins today at noon EST, and we’re all curious to see if General Manager Kevyn Adams will use some of the tonnes of cap space the Sabres have to replace the minutes and production that Reino and Risto used to provide, or if the youngsters are going to get thrown in the mix again. Of course that will come with the resultant drop in performance that long-suffering Sabres fans have gotten used to enduring for the last decade or so now.
We’ll keep the live blog updated with significant breaking news throughout the day, feel free to add anything we miss in the comments below.
11:00pm – Oh you are still here? Guess what, so am I! Also, the Sabres signed a couple of veteran goalies, terms unconfirmed as yet. Welcome to Buffalo Craig Anderson & Aaron Dell. Story up here.
9:15pm – Why are you still here? Log off, go do anything, which would be infinitely more productive than sitting here hitting refresh waiting for the Sabres to do something that betters the franchise tonight.
8:45pm – So I go do real life stuff for a few hours and look what happened! Okay, so it’s more weebz, but hey. they’re our warm bodies.. right.. right??
In fact, it was so not significant that Melissa covered it all in just one piece.
3:30pm – Oh what’s this.. activity?!
We’ve signed Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year contract worth $1.05 million.
Welcome to the Sabres @Hinostroza12‼️
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 28, 2021
If you’re like me and have no idea who he is, here’s the story on him.
1:30pm – Still nothing right?
Signed: Andersen, Raanta, Reimer, Mrazek, Bernier, Halak, Brossoit, Elliott, Jones, Holtby.
Still available (as of typing): Ullmark, Grubauer, Dubnyk, Rittich, Anderson, Dell, McElhinney. https://t.co/RatOF89kyp
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) July 28, 2021
12:50pm – Bring us your memes.
— ALL BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER EVERY MONTH (@BrendanStuart) July 28, 2021
— Calvin (@Mr_Faded_Glory) July 28, 2021
12:15pm – Looks like all the free agent goaltenders are gone… is GMKA expecting UPL to play significant minutes next season, or is he expecting a 1A/1B goalie back in an Eichel trade along with a 1C/2C?!
Washington Capitals Acquire Vitek Vanecek; Seattle Kraken Acquire 2023 2nd round pick (WPG)
Buffalo Sabres Acquire Will Butcher, 2022 5th round pick; New Jersey Devils Acquire Future Considerations
Calgary Flames Acquire Nikita Zadorov; Chicago Blackhawks Acquire 2022 3rd round pick (TOR)
How To Watch
What: TSN’s Annual Free Agent Frenzy Special | Seven hours of coverage
When: Wednesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Streaming live on ESPN+ & on TSN
Who: TSN panelists breaking down key NHL signings throughout the day:
- Host:James Duthie
- Free Agent Breaker Panel:Gord Miller, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, and Pierre LeBrun
- Instant Analysis Panel:Duthie, Ray Ferraro,Jeff O’Neill, and Dave Poulin
- GoaliePanel: Gino Reda, Jamie McLennan, Martin Biron, and Kevin Weekes
- TSN Director of Scouting:Craig Button
- Contributors:Kristen Shilton, Mike Johnson, Bruce Garrioch, Michael Farber, Emily Kaplan, Cheryl Pounder, and Canadian National Team Member Renata Fast
- Viewpoint Panel:Bryan Hayes and Carlo Colaiacovo
- TSN Bureau Reporters:Farhan Lalji, Ryan Rishaug, Salim Valji, Sara Orlesky, Mark Masters, and John Lu
- SPORTSCENTRE Update:Lindsay Hamilton