Coming next season: Sam celly, but in royal blue…
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 25, 2020
The team was expected to have him either way next season, but the fact that they settled on a 1-year deal continues to paint a cloudy picture for Reinhart’s future in Buffalo.
A lot may hinge on Taylor Hall’s success and the team’s overall performance, but it has been sounding more and more like Reinhart’s days with the Sabres will be numbered.
But, it’s entirely possible he’ll sign again. This gives the organization the option to revisit the whole situation after another season. A lot can change in a year. This is a top-six forward with 255 points in 400 NHL games. He’s been healthy and consistent, and this will be a crucial season for him and the team moving forward. A long-term deal for Reinhart could still happen next year, but the Sabres would have to choose him over some others.
Linus Ullmark will have his arbitration hearing on Monday, and Victor Oloffson’s is scheduled for November 4th