NHL 20 Buffalo Sabres Franchise #3
GM Gersomino wasted no time in the draft securing the team another 1st round pick with a trade involving the Calgary Flames
Buffalo Acquires: 2020 1st round pick (13th overall) from the Calgary Flames
Calgary Acquires: Center Tage Thompson and a 2020 2nd round pick (46th overall) from the Buffalo Sabres.
With two 1st round picks GM Gersomino hopes to solidify an up and coming young core for the future of the Buffalo Sabres.
|NHL Draft 2020|
|1||(OTT) Alexis Lafreniere (80) High Elite||LW||6’1”||192|
|2||(COL) Troy Powell (78) Med Elite||DEF||6’0”||194|
|3||(NYR) Vasily Ponomarev (63) Top 6||C||6’1”||186|
|13||Tim Stutzle (62) Med Elite||C||5’11”||175|
|15||Jadon Carney (66) Top 6||LW||6’1”||192|
|84||Martin Toews (48) Med Elite||GOA||6’0”||193|
|108||Felix-Antoine Marcotty (62) Top 9||RW||5’11”||190|
|139||Elliot Ekmark (56) Top 9||C||5’10”||156|
|201||Vesa Barkov (55) Fringe Starter||GOA||5’11”||193|
|211||Alex Bolshakov (55) AHL Top 6||RW||6’3”||189|
With resigning and free agency next on the horizon, GM Gersomino set his eyes on trying to bring a team together that can get to the playoffs. His first order of business is trying to resign top players and cornerstones Sam Reinhart, Casey Mittelstadt, and Victor Olofsson as well as defenseman Brandon Montour and goalie Linus Ullmark. Gm Gersomino will also be trying to shop around Okposo yet again to free up some space.
GM Gersomino wasted no time locking up some key pieces to his young Buffalo Sabres team.
Sam Reinhart: 6yr 8.400 mil
Victor Olofsson: 4yr 4.750 mil
Casey Mittelstadt: 3yr 3.750 mil
Brandon Montour: 6yr 4.900 mil
Although Sam Reinhart had a limited season last year, GM Gersomino felt that the points will come when he’s healthy and that 8.400 mil was a good point to sign. Sadly, there was one player that GM Gersomino wanted to resign but he wanted to test the FA Market.
FA Sign Alert
Linus Ullmark has left the Buffalo Sabres and has signed with the San Jose Sharks on a 1-year deal in hopes of garnering a bigger contract the following offseason.
Linus Ullmark: 1yr 1.220 mil SJS
With the Sabres losing one of their better goalies from last year, GM Gersomino scrambled to find a replacement as well as a depth forward. Top Free Agents seemed to pass on the chance to play for Sabres. So, it’ll take some good seasons to try to get some attention towards this team.
FA Sign Alert
Anthony Duclair 3yr 2.900 million
Joonas Korpisalo 5yr 1.850 million
GM Gersomino finds a replacement for Linus Ullmark in Joonas Korpisalo. At 5 years and under 2 million a year, Korpisalo is a steal. Also coming to the Sabres is Anthony Duclair who looks to find his game with a new team and hopes to contribute.
Buf acquire : 2022 7th round pick from LA Kings
LA Kings acquire: RW Kyle Okposo
Gone is Kyle Okposo and his large salary. It was a bad signing from the old regime and GM Gersomino is happy to be looking forward.
The regular season is coming in the next post. Look forward to the first 40 games update, what the roster now looks like, and anything in between.