One of the big items on new Sabres GM Kevyn Adams’ list this offseason will be Sam Reinhart’s case. The pending restricted free agent has wrapped up his bridge contract and in doing so, he showed that his 50-point campaign in 2017-18 was no fluke. Now just two years away from UFA eligibility, a long-term contract is going to be what both sides are likely looking for.
With that in mind, NHL.com’s Dan Rosen took a stab at trying to figure out what a good comparable would be. He suggested Blues winger Jaden Schwartz, whose cap percentage at the time the deal was signed would translate to a roughly $6MM price tag today and next season with the Upper Limit expected to remain around the $81.5MM mark. Buffalo has a plethora of players to sign still for next year but as a fixture in their top six, the Sabres shouldn’t have many qualms about signing Reinhart to a contract around that price tag.