The Sabres could use more scoring depth
The Sabres do have the salary cap space – still having over $20 million – so it doesn’t hinder their cap flexibility now and in the immediate future.
They’ll have another $28 million coming off the books next offseason. Some players will need extensions, but there is enough money.
Potential landing spots for Turris
Columbus Blue Jackets – Could lose UFA center Matt Duchene. Pierre LeBrun suggested a potential sign-and-trade involving Duchene and Turris. Would cost their Blue Jackets their 2020 1st round pick though for ‘re-signing’ Duchene.
Vancouver Canucks – Turris would be their third line center and they may not want to pay $6 million for that.
Buffalo Sabres – Need a second line center and have the cap space.
Detroit Red Wings – Turris and Anthony Mantha developed some chemistry at the World Championship.
Ottawa Senators – Turris has some ties to the community and he was a fan favorite.
Believe that it’s unlikely that the Predators trade defenseman Ryan Ellis.
Top 20 NHL free agents
Craig Custance of The Athletic: Top 20 unrestricted free agents
1. Artemi Panarin – Blue Jackets
2. Erik Karlsson – Sharks
3. Matt Duchene – Blue Jackets
4. Sergei Bobrovsky – Blue Jackets
5. Jeff Skinner – Sabres
6. Joe Pavelski – Sharks
7. Anders Lee – Islanders
8. Jake Gardiner – Maple Leafs
9. Mats Zuccarello – Stars
10. Tyler Myers – Jets
11. Brock Nelson – Islanders
12. Robin Lehner – Islanders
13. Jordan Eberle – Islanders
14. Gustav Nyquist – Sharks
15. Alex Edler – Canucks
16. Anton Stralman – Lightning
17. Kevin Hayes – Flyers
18. Micheal Ferland – Hurricanes
19. Ryan Dzingel – Blue Jackets
20. Marcus Johansson – Bruins