Rasmus Ristolainen changed into once traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday for Robert Hagg, a first-round earn (No. 14) in the 2021 NHL Draft and a 2d-round earn in the 2023 NHL Draft.
The Sabres moreover keep in mind the No. 1 earn in the 2021 draft, which would possibly maybe launch with the first round Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS). Buffalo has 11 picks in the draft, which would possibly maybe continue Saturday with rounds 2-7 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW).
“I’m the truth is excited to transfer to Philadelphia,” Ristolainen acknowledged. “I dawdle to carry out the whole lot I can to aid the crew bear the playoffs and bear a run. … I’m extremely blissful it took location. I cant wish to accumulate to Philly and meet every person.”
Ristolainen scored 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 49 video games with the Sabres this season. The defenseman has one season closing on a six-yr, $32.4 million contract ($5.4 million moderate annual price) he signed with Buffalo on Oct. 11, 2016.
“We’re extremely blissful to add Rasmus to our blue line,” Flyers long-established manager Chuck Fletcher acknowledged. “He’s a 26-yr-old, appropriate-shot defenseman who will directly add grit to our crew. His size (6-foot-4, 221 kilos), mobility and physicality will bear him a necessary half to our community going ahead.”
Ristolainen would possibly maybe presumably presumably presumably moreover also be an unrestricted free agent at the tip of next season. Fletcher acknowledged or now no longer it is too soon to present if the Flyers will signal him before then.
“The [NHL salary] cap is tricky appropriate now,” Fletcher acknowledged. “Or now no longer it is a flat cap world so I bear now no longer know what the timing would be, but undoubtedly we keep in mind a examine Ristolainen as being a man that must keep in mind a really factual likelihood of being section of our future going ahead. That is something we will keep in mind a examine in the waste. Depending too on the cap and where we’re at, we will look to carry out issues when the timing’s appropriate.”
Selected by Buffalo with the No. 8 earn in the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen has scored 245 points (46 goals, 199 assists) in 542 NHL video games, in conjunction with 111 points (14 goals, 97 assists) on the vitality play.
The Sabres (15-34-7) carried out closing in the NHL this season. They did now no longer qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs one day of Ristolainen’s eight seasons with them.
“Clearly we had the truth is tricky years in Buffalo,” Ristolainen acknowledged. “I played a abundant section, I changed into once one of many leaders there. We couldn’t bear the playoffs, and that’s the explanation now no longer factual. And clearly when that’s the case, you’ve got gotten got bought to bear some moves and gamers accumulate traded.”
Hagg, a defenseman, scored five points (two goals, three assists) in 34 video games with the Flyers this season. The 26-yr-old has one season closing on a two-yr, $3.2 million contract ($1.6 million moderate annual price) he signed with Philadelphia on Sept. 28, 2020.
Selected by Philadelphia in the 2d round (No. 41) of the 2013 draft, Hagg has scored 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 236 long-established-season video games and has three assists in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff video games.
The Flyers (25-23-8) were sixth in the eight-crew MassMutual East Division this season and did now no longer bear the playoffs. Philadelphia traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and two picks in the 2022 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday for future concerns, and it received defenseman Ryan Ellis in a substitute with the Nashville Predators on July 17 for defenseman Philippe Myers and heart Nolan Patrick.
“We judge that now we keep in mind a really factual mix of defensemen now, now we keep in mind a factual conventional crew, and I keep in mind now we keep in mind some barely factual steadiness appropriate now on our aid pause,” Fletcher acknowledged. “I keep in mind anytime gamers are slotted in the finest characteristic with the finest mix of gamers around them they’ve a grand higher likelihood to enhance and work higher. We’re obviously banking on that. And we devour the skill be troubled that [Ristolainen] brings. There is peaceable a necessary characteristic for size and physicality in this recreation and he is a man that’s been in a intention to set some points, he can skate, he can transfer the puck.”
NHL.com deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman contributed to this list