Costs for Karlsson and Gardiner on the open market could be …
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner could be looking long-term deal in the $6.5 million range. He’s been dealing with a disc issue in the back that could worry some.
Keys to the Buffalo Sabres offseason
Greg Wyshynski and Chris Peters of ESPN: Looking at the keys to the Buffalo Sabres offseason.
Smart contracts for Jeff Skinner and Evan Rodrigues: The Sabres didn’t give up a lot to acquire Jeff Skinner so it wouldn’t be a disaster if they weren’t able to re-sign him. He does like playing in Buffalo and with Jack Eichel.
Pending restricted free agent Rodrigues was an asset to their bottom six.
It won’t be easy for the Sabres to not overpay to get Jeff Skinner locked up on a long-term deal.
Blue-line decisions: The Sabres have some good options in place but have some dilemmas in Rasmus Ristolainen and Marco Scandella. Scandella has a year left at $4 million. Ristolainen has a $5.4 million cap hit through 2022. Ristolainen’s offensive upside could net them a top-six forward if they decide to move him.
Adding a top-six winger through a trade or in free agency.
Winning the draft lottery: Being able to draft Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko would definitely help.
Three- to five-year plan for the Senators
“Our plan is to keep all of our young stars on long-term contracts when the opportunity comes to negotiate with them. There’s no doubt, I don’t know how I can be clearer on that, we want to make sure the Chabot’s, Tkachuk’s, the White’s and after that, (Drake Batherson, Filip Gustavsson and Erik Brannstrom) will all be in Ottawa for a long, long time.”
The Senators have a three- to five-year plan to be contending for the Cup.