What will the Buffalo Sabres do with Sam Reinhart?
The Hockey News: The Buffalo Sabres and Sam Reinhart haven’t been able to iron out a new contract for the 22-year-old restricted free agent, and while a short-term deal might be the answer if push comes to shove, a long-term deal would be the best long-term bet for Buffalo.
Reinhart, saw his three-year entry-level deal expire at the culmination of the past season, and while he doesn’t have any bargaining power beyond the threat of a potential holdout — and there’s nothing to indicate that’s the route Reinhart is going to take — getting Reinhart locked in is proving more difficult than once expected.
Over the final 38 games of last season, he chipped in 18 goals and 37 points, totals that ranked 12th and 23rd in the NHL over the near three-month span. By season’s end, Reinhart had set a pair of career-bests. His 25 goals eclipsed his previous high of 23, set during his rookie campaign, and his 50 points saw put him three clear of the 47-point high he had set one season prior.
Reinhart will be looking to make $6 million/year on a long-term deal. The Sabres could have cap issues as they have a bunch of RFA’s to sign and Jeff Skinner will need a new deal next year so a two-year bridge deal would work, but what happens if Reinhart starts putting up 80 points a year. Would they be able to afford a $10 million/year contract in a few years?
Latest Erik Karlsson trade rumors
The Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports the Ottawa Senators don’t want to get caught up in false deadlines and they’re not going to deal Erik Karlsson just for the sake of making a move, the indications are teams involved in the discussions have made progress and there is a possibility Karlsson could be dealt before camp. Karlsson, who returned to Canada on Wednesday after being overseas, has been skating with some teammates and local pros in Kanata when he’s been in Ottawa, but the indications are he’s fully prepared to be moved, and if he isn’t then he knows he’ll have to report camp.
A report Thursday indicated Karlsson won’t sign a contract extension with any Canadian team, and that came less than 24 hours after there was talk the Vancouver Canucks may be among the clubs making pitches.
The best bet for the Senators and the Karlsson is to get a deal done in the near future, and every effort is being made right now by GM Pierre Dorion to make that happen. The following teams are the likely destination for Karlsson: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks.