Update: The Buffalo Sabres signed defenceman Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, $18 million contract. Dahlin, will carry a salary cap hit of $6 million under the new deal.
Besides the Jack Eichel situation in Buffalo, another big question is what will the Sabres do with Rasmus Dahlin? Could he receive an offer sheet and the Sabres take the draft picks as compensation? Do they sign him to a long-term or short-term bridge deal?
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports NHL trade rumors on Dahlin have been all over the map. Several months ago, I heard things started very well. Then I heard Buffalo wanted short term not because of anything Dahlin did (or didn’t do), but because of overall frustration and desire not to commit long.
Friedman went on to say, now the defence market has exploded. It’s possible Dahlin, Quinn Hughes and their representatives are watching to see who goes first and the dollar amount they receive.
The likely scenario that will happen is Dahlin will sign a short-term bridge deal with the Sabres and both the team and Dahlin will see how things pan out to work on a longer-term deal.