We’re finally going to see some action in the NHL this week. With the NHL draft here and Free Agent Friday, GMs are going to be very busy.
The Sabres new GM, Kevyn Adams, spoke to the media earlier this week. When asked specifically about Johan Larsson, Adams says he wasn’t into trying to convince a player to stay.
Kevyn Adams, when asked by @LLysowski about pending UFA Johan Larsson: pic.twitter.com/1pPGg4Q9OT
— Heather Engel (@engelheather) October 5, 2020
From everything Adams said, it sure sounds like Larsson believes he can get a better deal (and more wins) elsewhere.
He played seven seasons in Buffalo with 97 points (38 goals, 59 assists) in 392 games.
According to Elliotte Friedman, Wayne Simmonds could be another Sabre heading to a new team.
Jason Botterill acquired Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils for a 2021 conditional 5th round pick. Simmonds appeared in seven games for Buffalo, registering one assist.
BUF has given Wayne Simmonds permission to talk to teams ahead of free agency
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 6, 2020
The Sabres only have a handful of other forwards who could be unrestricted free agents this week:
With Larsson likely gone, I'm fine with all 6 UFA forwards heading out. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/nhzyBsVNyC
— ???? Kevin ⚾️ (@kmf418) October 6, 2020