Tuesday, October 27, 2020

HOW TO FIX PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

 The Pittsburgh Penguins are far from being a contending team now, in fact they would be better off trading everyone except Crosby and going forward with a full rebuild.



Two major trades are made by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2020 offseason:

Evgeni Malkin is traded to the San Jose Sharks for Tomas Hertl, Ryan Merkley, Ryan Donato, 1st round pick '21.

The Sharks get a superstar center in Evgeni Malkin to help propel the Sharks to new heights, while the Penguins get Tomas Hertl, a very good top 6 forward, Ryan Merkley, the Sharks top prospect, Ryan Donato and a 1st round pick.

Kris Letang is traded to the Ottawa Senators for Erik Brannstrom, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson, 1st round pick '21.

The Senators get an elite puck moving defenseman in Kris Letang, which makes them a legit contender; the Penguins get 3 very good young players in Brannstrom, Norris and Batherson as well as a 1st round pick.

With Malkin and Letang gone, the Pittsburgh Penguins finish the 2020-21 season with the 8th worst record in the league.


Pittsburgh Penguins buyout Michael Matheson, Brandon Tanev.

Pittsburgh Penguins lose Kasperi Kapanen to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


At the 2021 draft, Pittsburgh Penguins trade pick 14 to the Vegas Golden Knights for picks 29, 32, 37 

2021 Draft results:

9-Matthew Beniers

29-James Malatesta

32-Cameron Whynot

37-Stanislav Svozil

46-Zachary Dean

The Penguins draft 5 very good prospects that should make an impact in the next 2-3 years.


After the draft, the Penguins trade Jake Guentzel, Marcus Pettersson to the Buffalo Sabres for Sam Reinhart, 1st round pick '22.

The Sabres add Jake Guentzel, a very good sniper to play alongside Jack Eichel, while the Penguins add Sam Reinhart, a solid two way forward and a 1st round pick.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign Sam Reinhart, John Marino to a 6 yr deal.


The Pittsburgh Penguins plummet in the standings without Malkin, Letang, Guentzel and finish with the worst record in the league; unfortunately, they can't land the number 1 pick but they do still end up getting the 2nd pick in the draft.


2022 draft results:

2-Brad Lambert

6-Ivan Miroshnichenko


The Penguins draft two blue chip prospects in the 2022 draft in Lambert and Miroshnichenko that will really bolster their offense.


After the 2022 draft, Jason Zucker, Casey DeSmith is traded to the Nashville Predators for Connor Ingram, 2nd round pick 2023.

The Predators get a top 6 winger in Jason Zucker that improves their offensive depth and a solid backup in Casey DeSmith, while the Penguins get solid young starter in Connor Ingram to tandem with Tristian Jarry.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign Drake Batherson, Josh Norris to a 3 yr deal.


The Pittsburgh Penguins make the playoffs narrowly miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 13th pick in the draft.


By the 2023-24 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have put together a fantastic roster.


2023-24 Pittsburgh Penguins

T.Hertl-S.Crosby-S.Reinhart

I.Miroshnichenko-B.Lambert-D.Batherson

J.Malatesta-M.Beniers-Z.Dean

S.Poulin-J.Norris-R.Donato

Pierre-Olivier Joseph-R.Merkley

S.Svozil-J.Marino

C.Whynot-E.Brannstrom

T.Jarry

C.Ingram



The Pittsburgh Penguins have built a powerhouse team that has the potential to win multiple stanley cups within the next few years.







Tuesday, October 20, 2020

HOW TO FIX ARIZONA COYOTES

 After losing Taylor Hall in Free Agency, the Arizona Coyotes did little to nothing to fix the team due to the fact they are stuck with many bad contracts,

so if the Coyotes want to build a legitimate contender, they must first move some salary and dump off some bad contracts.


Arizona Coyotes make a few trades:

Arizona Coyotes trade Alex Goligoski to the Carolina Hurricanes for Haydn Fleury, 2nd rd pick '21.

The Hurricanes get a veteran two way defenseman in Alex Goligoski, while the Coyotes get a young top 6 defenseman in Haydn Fleury and a 2nd round pick.

The Coyotes also trade Derek Stepan to the Ottawa Senators for Chris Tierney, Connor Brown, 2nd rd pick '21. 

The Sens get a veteran 2nd line center in Derek Stepan, which will allow their young centers to develop at the right pace. The Coyotes get Chris Tierney, a top 6 center and Connor Brown, a top 9 winger as well as a 2nd round pick.

Darcy Kuemper is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Linus Ullmark, Tage Thompson, 2nd rd pick '21.

The Sabres get a true number 1 goalie in Darcy Kuemper, while the Coyotes get Linus Ullmark. a solid goalie, Tage Thompson, a forward prospect and a 2nd round pick.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign Chris Tierney, Connor Brown to a 4 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season; Linus Ullmark, Haydn Fleury are re-signed to a 2 yr deal.


The Arizona Coyotes finish the 2020-21 season with the Worst record in the Western Conference 

but end up with the 5th pick in the draft.


Arizona Coyotes lose Lawson Crouse in the Expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


Before the Draft, one major trade is made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Nick Schmaltz, Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Detroit Red Wings for 2nd rd rd pick '21, 2nd rd pick '21.

This is a cap move for the Coyotes so the Red Wings get two really solid players for two 2nd round picks.


At the 2021 draft, Arizona Coyote trade pick 3 to the New Jersey Devils for picks 5, 47, 2nd rd pick '22.

The Coyotes also trade 49, 50, 55, 59, 2nd rd pick '22 to the Vegas Golden Knights for picks 28, 32.

2021 Draft Results

5-Aatu Raty

28 (from VGK)-Joshua Roy

32 (from VGK)-Sebastian Cossa

58 (from CAR)-Zack Stringer

The Arizona Coyotes draft 3 top prospects in Aatu Raty, Sebastian Cossa, Joshua Roy; they also get a good forward prospect in Zack Stringer.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign Conor Garland to a 6 yr deal worth 4.6 million per season.


The Arizona Coyotes again finish near the bottom of the Standings in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


Before the draft, two major trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Phil Kessel, Jakub Chychrun to the Florida Panthers for Grigori Denisenko, Owen Tippett, 1st round pick '22.

The Florida Panthers add a veteran sniper in Phil Kessel and a top 4 defenseman in Jakub Chychrun, while the Coyotes get two top forward prospects in Grigori Denisenko and Owen Tippett and a 1st round pick.

Christian Dvorak is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Sam Steel, Brayden Tracey, 2nd rd pick '22.

The Anaheim Ducks need to improve their center depth and Christian Dvorak would be a solid 2nd line center for them. On the flip side, Sam Steel would be a terrific 3rd line center for the Coyotes, Brayden Tracey, could be a solid third line winger and Arizona also gets a 2nd round pick.


At the 2022 draft, Arizona Coyotes trade picks 11, 39 to the San Jose Sharks for pick 9


2022 Draft results

3-Matthew Savoie 

9-Simon Nemec

The Coyotes draft two blue chip prospects in Matthew Savoie and Simon Nemec, who will both be a big part of their core in the future.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign Barrett Hayton to a 3 yr deal worth 3 million per season.


Ben Chiarot is signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.25 million per season, Michal Kempny to a 2 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


The Arizona Coyotes finished the 2022-23 season with a much better record but still miss the playoffs; they end up with the 12th pick in the draft.


After the draft, one major trade is made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Oliver Ekman Larsson to the Dallas Stars for Thomas Harley, Denis Gurianov, 1st rd pick '23, 1st rd pick '24.

The Dallas Stars add Oliver Ekman Larsson, another top not puck moving defenseman to add to their stacked D core, while the Arizona Coyotes get Thomas Harley, a very good prospect defenseman, Denis Gurianov, a top 6 forward and two first round picks.


2023 Draft results:

12-Arttu Karki

21-Valtteri Lehtosaari

The Coyotes draft two very good prospects in Arttu Karki and Valtteri Lehtosaari; both should be a huge part of team in the future.


By the 2023-24 season, the Arizona Coyotes have built a scary team than looks like it could contend for a stanley cup.


2023-24 Arizona Coyotes:

A.Raty-M.Savoie-B.Hayton

D.Gurianov-J.Roy-C.Garland

G.Denisenko-C.Tierney-O.Tippett

B.Tracey-S.Steel-T.Thompson

T.Harley-S.Nemec

B.Chiarot-V.Soderstrom

M.Kempny-H.Fleury

S.Cossa

L.Ullmark

Top Prospects: A.Karki, V.Lehtosaari, Z.Stringer



The Arizona Coyotes are a young and upcoming team that look poised to be contenders for the next few years.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

WHAT IF PHILADELPHIA FLYERS TRADE GIROUX AND VORACEK

After getting eliminated in the 2nd round of the Playoffs by the New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers might look to retool their team.

The two players that get talked about the most in trade talks are Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek;'

although it's not likely they get trade, i'm going to explore what would happen if they did decide to trade them.

In the 2020 offseason, a few trades are made:


Philadelphia Flyers trade Claude Giroux to the Detroit Red Wings for Anthony Mantha, Filip Zadina, 1st round pick 2022.

The Detroit Red Wings need a star player to pair with Dylan Larkin and Claude Giroux would certainly fit that criteria; on the other hand, the Flyers would get Anthony Mantha and Filip Zadina, two very good forwards and a 1st round pick.

The Flyers also trade Jakub Voracek, Nolan Patrick to the Buffalo Sabres for Victor Olofsson, Tage Thompson, 1st round pick 2021.

The Sabres would love to add another highly skilled winger to play in the top 6 along with Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel, so Jakub Voracek would be an awesome fit, Nolan Patrick is still on IR but if he gets healthy, he could be a nice piece for them down the road. For the Flyers, Victor Olofsson is a solid goal scoring winger and Tage Thompson ins a solid prospect but the key to this deal is the 1st round pick.

Shayne Gostisbehere is traded to the Boston Bruins for Nick Ritchie, 2nd round pick 2021.

The Bruins need a LD, while the Flyers don't need any defenseman so this makes sense for both teams.


After clearing a ton of cap space, the Flyers make a huge blockbuster trade:


Philadelphia Flyers trade Anthony Mantha, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Yegor Zamula, 1st round pick 2022 to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine.

The Flyers get an elite goal scorer in Patrik Laine while the Jets get Anthony Mantha, three very good prospects and a 1st round pick.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign Victor Olofsson to a 5 yr deal worth 5 million per season, Phil Myers to a 6 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season.


Without Giroux and Voracek, the Philadelphia Flyers take a step back in the 2020-21 season and get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs; they end up with the 16th pick in the draft.


Philadelphia Flyers buyout James Van Riemsdyk, which costs them 1.77 million until the 2025-26 season.


Philadelphia Flyers lose Oskar Lindblom to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


2021 draft results:

5 (from BUF)-Simon Edvinsson

16-Cole Sillinger

60-Tristian Lennox

The Flyers draft a top pair defenseman in Simon Edvinsson, a talented and dynamic two way center in Cole Sillinger and one of the top prospect goalies in Tritian Lennox.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign Patrik Laine to a 8 yr deal worth 9.5 million per season.

Carter Hart is re-signed to a 8 yr deal worth 7 million per season, Travis Sanheim to a 7 year deal worth 5 million per season.

Scott Laughton is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season, Erik Gustafsson is re-signed to a 1 yr deal worth 3 million.

Philadelphia Flyers sign Jordan Martinook to a 2 yr deal worth 2 million per season.


The young players on the Flyers take a huge jump and the Flyers end up making it to the Conference finals before being knocked out by the New York Rangers.


The Flyers have the 25th pick in the draft; this pick goes to the Winnipeg Jets as part of the Patrik Laine trade.


2022 draft results:

5 (from DET)- Rutger McGroarty

The Flyers draft a very talented and dynamic center in Rutger McGroarty, who should be their 2nd line center in a two seasons.


After the draft, two trades are made:


Philadelphia Flyers trade Kevin Hayes to the Detroit Red Wings for 3rd round pick 2023; the Flyers retain 1.14 million of Hayes' contract.

The Detroit Red Wings get their 2nd line center in Kevin Hayes for just a 3rd round pick, while the Flyers clear a ton of cap space.

Sean Couturier is traded to the Ottawa Senators for Colin White, Alex Formenton, 1st rd pick 2023 in a sign and trade.

The Senators get a grade A selke caliber center in Couturier, while the Flyers get two very good players in White and Alex Formenton and a 1st round pick.


Filip Zadina is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season, Alex Formenton to a 3 yr deal worth 2.9 million per season.

The Flyers also re-sign Tage Thompson, Robert Hagg, Nicolas Aube Kubel to a 2 yr deal.


The Philadelphia Flyers lose in the second round of the playoffs to the New York Islanders and end up with the 17th pick in the draft.


At the 2023 draft, Philadelphia Flyers trade picks 17, 26, 2nd rd pick '24, 2nd rd pick '25 to the San Jose Sharks for pick 6


2023 draft results:

6 (from SJ)-Nate Danielson

The Flyers draft a dynamic forward in Nate Danielson, who could be a big part of the team moving forward.


Philadelphia Flyers sign Connor Clifton to a 3 yr deal worth 1.7 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, the Philadelphia Flyers have put together a stanley cup contender.


2023-24 Philadelphia Flyers:

T.Konecny-R.McGroarty-P.Laine

V.Olofsson-C.Sillinger-F.Zadina

A.Formenton-Co.White-Ty.Foerster

T.Thompson-S.Laughton-N.Aube Kubel

I.Provorov-S.Edvinsson

P.Myers-T.Sanheim

R.Hagg-C.Clifton

C.Hart

T.Lennox

Top Prospect: N.Danielson


By trade Giroux and Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers put themselves in much better position for the future.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

WHAT IF WINNIPEG JETS TRADE PATRIK LAINE

 Patrik Laine has been popping up on rumor mills a lot recently and the Winnipeg Jets haven't turned them down, so lets how the Winnipeg Jets would look like if they trade Patrik Laine and how it affects the team down the road.



Winnipeg Jets trade Patrik Laine to the Philadelphia Flyers for Travis Konecny, Morgan Frost, Shayne Gostisbehere, 1st round pick 2021.

The Flyers get a elite young goal scorer in Patrik Laine, who would look great on a line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier; On the flip side, the Jets get a very good top 6 forward in Travis Konecny, solid puck moving defenseman in Shayne Gostisbehere, a prospect in Morgan Frost and a 1st round pick.


Winnipeg Jets sign Cole Perfetti, Daniel Torgersson to Entry Level Contracts.


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


Winnipeg Jets sign TJ Brodie to a 6 year deal worth 5 million per season, Mattias Janmark to a 3 year deal worth 2.75 million per season.

The Jets add a top 4 defenseman in TJ Brodie as well as a bottom 6 forward in Mattias Janmark; both will be a crucial part of the team.


The Winnipeg Jets lose in the 1st round of the playoffs in the 2020-21 season; they end up with the 17th pick in the draft.


The Winnipeg Jets lose Shayne Gostisbehere to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, One major trade is made:

Winnipeg Jets trade Blake Wheeler to the Anaheim Ducks for Rickard Rakell, 1st round pick 2021.

The Anaheim Ducks get a high character player in Blake Wheeler that can help mentor their young players and is still playing at a high level; For the Jets, they get a very solid top 6 player in Rickard Rakell and a 1st round pick.

2021 Draft Results:

7 (from ANA)-Kent Johnson

17-Carson Lambos

49-Zack Stringer

Winnipeg Jets draft two blue chip prospects in Kent Johnson and Carson Lambos and a very good forward prospect in Zack Stringer as well.


Winnipeg Jets sign Kent Johnson, Carson Lambos, Zack Stringer to Entry Level Deals.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign Neal Pionk to a 5 year deal worth 4.75 million per season, Andrew Copp to a 3 year deal worth 2.5 million per season.

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


Winnipeg Jets sign Brandon Saad to a 6 year deal worth 4.5 million per season.

Brandon Saad gives the Jets a versitaile top 6 winger that plays in all situations and has Stanley cup pedigree.


The Jets also sign Carter Hutton to a 2 year deal worth 2.5 million per season.

Hutton is a solid backup and will allow the Jets to give Hellebuyck so rest to keep him fresh down the stretch.


The Winnipeg Jets make it further in the playoffs in the 2021-22 season but lose in the Conference finals to the Colorado Avalanche; They have the 27th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one trade is made:

Winnipeg Jets trade Nikolaj Ehlers to the Calgary Flames for 1st round pick 2022.

The Calgary Flames get another top 6 winger to compliment their top players; on the flip side, the Jets get a 1st round pick and clear 6 million in cap space.


At the 2022 draft, Winnipeg Jets trade picks 12, 27 to the Buffalo Sabres for pick 6.


2022 draft results:

6 (from BUF)-Seamus Casey

The Buffalo Sabres draft their future number 1 defenseman in Seamus Casey, who will fit perfectly with Carson Lambos as on the top pair.


Winnipeg Jets sign Seamus Casey to an Entry level Contract.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign Rickard Rakell to a 4 year deal worth 4 million per season, Ville Heinola to a 3 year deal deal worth 3.5 million per season.

The Jets also re-sign Morgan Frost to a 2 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


The Winnipeg Jets make it to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2022-23 season but they lose to the New York Rangers in 6 games.


After the season, Winnipeg Jets trade Dylan DeMelo, Jack Roslovic, Andrew Copp to the New Jersey Devils for Pavel Zacha, 2nd round pick 2023.

The New Jersey Devils add a solid 3rd pair defenseman in Dylan Demelo, a good top 9 forward in Jack Roslovic and a versatile top 9 forward in Andrew Copp; On the flip side, the Jets get a solid 3rd line forward in Pavel Zacha, a solid top 9 forward in Joey Anderson and a 3rd round pick.


All RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


By the 2023-24 Season, the Winnipeg Jets have a tremendous young core that has playoff experience, which makes them an early favorite for the Stanley cup.


2023-24 Winnipeg Jets:

K.Connor-M.Scheifele-T.Konecny

C.Perfetti-K.Johnson-B.Saad

Z.Stringer-P.Zacha-R.Rakell

M.Janmark-M.Frost-D.Torgersson

J.Morrissey-S.Casey

C.Lambos-TJ.Brodie

V.Heinola-N.Pionk

C.Hellebuyck

C.Hutton


By trading Patrik Laine, the Winnipeg Jets might have taken a step back temporarily but if they play their cards right, they could come out of it better in the long run.

Friday, October 2, 2020

WHAT IF BUFFALO SABRES TRADE JACK EICHEL


The Jack Eichel trade rumors have been been constantly popping up, so I will look into what would happen if the Buffalo Sabres did indeed trade Jack Eichel.

Trading Jack Eichel is the last resort for the Sabres but it would allow them to totally retool their team.


Before the 2020 draft, Buffalo Sabres make a few trades:

Buffalo Sabres trade Jack Eichel to the New York Rangers for Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Vitaly Kravtsov, Libor Hajek, 1st round pick 2020.

The New York Rangers add a superstar in Jack Eichel to add to pair with either Panarin or Lafreniere; while the Sabres get Mika Zibanejad, a star center in his own right, Chris Kreider, top 6 winger, two prospects in Kravtsov and Hajek and a 1st round pick.

The Sabres also trade Rasmus Ristolainen, Casey Mittelstadt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev, Timothy Liljegren, 2nd round pick 2020.

The Maple Leafs need a top 4 defenseman and Ristolainen fills a need at a relatively low cost, Mittelstadt never quite fit with the Sabres, maybe a change of scenery will help. For the Sabres, Ilya Mikheyev can be a solid top 9 forward and Timothy Liljegren can be a top 4 defenseman; as an added bonus Buffalo also gets a 2nd round pick.

Buffalo also trades Colin Miller, Dominik Kahun, 2nd round pick 2020 to the New Jersey Devils for Michael McLeod, Joey Anderson. 

The Devils add some depth on the roster with the additions of Kahun and Miller and also get a 2nd round pick out of it, while the Sabres get a very talented center in Michael McLeod and a gritty winger in Joey Anderson.


2020 draft results:

8-Marco Rossi

22-Mavrik Bourque

38-Ty Kleven

The Buffalo Sabres draft a blue chip prospect in Marco Rossi, another top notch center prospect in Mavrik Bourque and a good defensive prospect in Ty Kleven.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign Sam Reinhart to a 7 yr deal worth 5.75 million per season, Victor Olofsson to a 5 yr deal worth 5 million per season.

Brandon Montour is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 4 million per season, Ilya Mikheyev to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season;

Linus Ullmark is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign Jimmy Vesey, Johan Larsson, Zemgus Girgensons to a 2 yr deal worth 1.5 million per season;

Michael McLeod, Tage Thompson, Joey Anderson are re-signed to 2 yr deals.

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres.


Buffalo Sabres finish the 2020-21 season with the 5th worst record in the league but end up winning the draft lottery and have the 1st pick in the 2021 draft.


The Buffalo Sabres lose Eric Staal in the expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


Buffalo Sabres buyout Jeff Skinner, which costs them a cap hit of 2.47 million per season.

They also buyout Kyle Okposo, which costs them a cap hit of 1 million per season


At the 2021 draft, Buffalo Sabres trade pick 1 to the Ottawa Senators for picks 4, 35, 38, 51.

2021 draft results:

4-Brandt Clarke

35-Sasha Pastujov

38-Simon Robertsson

51-Sebastian Cossa

63-Tristan Lennox

The Buffalo Sabres land 5 top notch prospects in the 2021 draft;  Brandt Clarke will be a top pair defenseman for a long time, Sasha Pastujov and Simon Robertsson a very good top 6 wingers and the Sabres greatly improve their goaltending with Sebastian Cossa and Tritian Lennox.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign Rasmus Dahlin to a 8 yr deal worth 7.5 million per season;

Libor Hajek to a 3 yr deal worth 2 million per season, Henri Jokiharju is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 2.6 million per season. 

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres.


The Buffalo Sabres finish the 2021-22 season with the 6th worst record in the league but end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, Buffalo Sabres make two trades:

Buffalo Sabres trade Mika Zibanejad to the Vegas Golden Knights for Peyton Krebs, Nicolas Roy, 1st round pick 2022.

The Golden Knights need a top line center and Mika Zibanejad will fill that need for them; on the other side of the trade, the Sabres get a great top 6 forward in Peyton Krebs, a top 9 forward in Nicolas Roy and a 1st round pick.

Brandon Montour, Victor Olofsson are traded to the Dallas Stars for Denis Gurianov, Ty Dellandrea.

The Dallas Stars get a top 4 defenseman in Brandon Montour to pair with Miro Heiskanen and a sniper in Victor Olofsson, that can play in the top 6. For the Sabres, they get a sniper in Denis Gurianov and a top prospect in Ty Dellandrea.


At the 2022 draft, Buffalo Sabres trade Tage Thompson, picks 24, 38 to the Florida Panthers for pick 10.

2022 draft results:

3-Matthew Savoie

10-Simon Nemec

The Sabres draft two blue chip prospects in the 2022 draft in Matthew Savoie and Simon Nemec, both will be an important part of their core.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign Denis Gurianov to a 5 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season, Vitaly Kravtsov to a 4 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.

Timothy Liljegren is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 3 million per season.

Nicolay Roy, Joey Anderson are re-signed to a 2 yr deals worth 1 million per season.

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres.


The Buffalo Sabres make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season but they lose in the 1st round of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Lightning.


After the season, two trades are made:


Buffalo Sabres trade Dylan Cozens, Henri Jokiharju to the Minnesota Wild for Kirill Kaprizov, 2nd round pick 2023.

Minnesota Wild need a first line center and Dylan Cozens has the potential to be one but he won't reach that potential on the Sabres; The Sabres get a Top line Left winger in Kirill Kaprizov and a 2nd round pick.

Denis Gurianov is traded to the LA Kings for Jaret Anderson Dolan, 2nd round pick 2023.

The Kings need some scoring help on the Wings and Gurianov will provide an instant boost of offense to the team. Jared Anderson Dolan will likely be the Sabres 4th line center but he is a very talented scorer with third line potential.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign Kirill Kaprizov to a 7 yr deal worth 5.75 million per season.

Peyton Krebs to a 6 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season, Ty Dellandrea to a 5 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season.

All other RFAs are re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres.


By the 2023-24 Season, the Buffalo Sabres have put together a stanley cup caliber team:


2023-24 Buffalo Sabres

P.Krebs-M.Savoie-S.Reinhart

K.Kaprizov-M.Rossi-V.Kravtsov

S.Pastujov-M.Bourque-T.Dellandrea

N.Roy-J.Anderson Dolan-Jy.Anderson

R.Dahlin-S.Nemec

T.Kleven-B.Clarke

L.Hajek-T.Liljegren

S.Cossa

U-P.Luukkonen

Top Prospects:

T.Lennox, S.Robertsson 


The Buffalo Sabres now have a team that has a really good young core and can contend for a Stanley cup for at least the next 5 years.