September 9, 2019 | 6:53pm ET
SABRES HAVING TRADE CALLS ABOUT RISTOLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen, defenceman
The Buffalo Sabres have received interest in defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen dating back to last season, prior to the trade deadline, and inquiries have continued throughout the off-season and into September.
Ristolainen, 24, has three-years left on his contract, which comes with a $5.4 million salary cap hit.
Last month, in an interview with MTV Sports in Finland, Ristolainen fueled speculation when indicating that come September 12, he will “be at one of the NHL team’s training camps.”
It’s unclear if Ristolainen has officially requested a trade or not, but it sure sounds like his time in Buffalo might be coming to an end.
For now, Ristolainen’s expected to attend Buffalo’s camp this week.
“Our conversations with him have been positive,” Sabres GM Jason Botterill told the Buffalo News on Monday. “I think Risto has always been someone who comes to camp in extremely good shape and I think there’s a good deal of adjustment for all of our players with a new head coach trying to put together exactly what coaches want, what they want from a systems standpoint and where they fit in with the group. I’m sure those conversations will go on with Risto and the entire team.”
At this point, it’s not yet known which teams have serious interest in trading for Ristolainen. The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams interested in bolstering their blueline and could be one of the clubs eyeing Ristolainen.