The Buffalo Sabres after the opening week of free agency find themselves in a situation that will have to be rectified before the start of the regular season. After signing veteran free agents Erik Johnson and Connor Clifton, and re-signing Kale Clague, the club has 10 defensemen with NHL experience.
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Depth is never a bad thing, but at most Buffalo can carry eight blueliners on their opening night roster. The addition of Johnson and Clifton to go along with Henri Jokiharju and Ilya Lyubushkin reinforces the right side, with a strong left side consisting of Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power, and Mattias Samuelsson. Clague will likely be the swing man between Buffalo and Rochester, making either Riley Stillman or Jacob Bryson the odd man out.
The Sabres like Stillman’s size and physicality, so it is possible that GM Kevyn Adams finds a new home for the 25-year-old Bryson before the start of training camp.
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Panthers Comings And Goings
In keeping track of the transactions of the Sabres Atlantic Division rivals, the Florida Panthers had a playoff run for the ages, eliminating the heavily favored Bruins, beating Toronto, and sweeping Carolina before falling to Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final. Florida needed to compensate for playoff injuries to Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad, which was apparent in their targets in free agency.
Radko Gudas (signed with Anaheim as a free agent)
Eric Staal (retired – unconfirmed)
Marc Staal (signed with Philadelphia as a free agent)
Anthony Duclair (traded to San Jose)
Alex Lyon (signed with Detroit as a free agent)
Evan Rodrigues (signed to a four-year, $12 million deal)
Steven Lorentz (acquired from the Sharks)
Niko Mikkola (signed to a three-year, $7.5 million deal)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (signed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal)
Mike Reilly (signed to a one-year, $1 million deal)
Dmitry Kulikov (signed to a one-year, $1 million deal)
Anthony Stolarz (signed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal)
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