Ramblings: Laaksonen; Polak perhaps staying home; Chicago vs. Edmonton – June 16

Michael Clifford

2020-06-16

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Oskari Laaksonen, a Buffalo Sabres third-round pick from 2017, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team. You can read his Dobber Prospects profile here.

Buffalo's right side already incudes Rasmus Ristolainen and Colin Miller, with Henri Jokiharju waiting in the wings. With that said, Lawrence Pilut heading to the KHL probably forced their hand a bit here. There's legitimate depth there and that could be a problem for the next couple years. Though with the way Buffalo has been performing this last decade, almost everyone's job should be a year-to-year contract with that franchise.

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Roman Polak has signed a multi-year contract in the Czech Republic. It appears his intention is not coming back to the NHL for the 24-team playoff and staying home.

While we're relying on Google Translate here and that is a precarious endeavour, it appears Polak believes he needs considerably more than three weeks to get ready for a season, and he doesn't want to leave his family behind for (potentially) months.

The family thing I understand completely and we're probably going to see more players feel that way. The "not ready in three weeks" thing was something I hadn't considered. I did think about injuries once players returned, but not about veterans needing more time.

It's something we've heard often in the past, right? Guys who know their bodies and know how much time they'll need to be ready. Not every player can be ready for playoff hockey in three weeks, and i