Ramblings: Sam Reinhart, remaining UFAs, slow drafts, defensemen scoring, and more (Oct. 26)

Alexander MacLean

2020-10-26

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The bad news is that you're stuck with me covering the ramblings… wait, that's good news too! What an excellent way to start off Monday morning.

For those of you that don't know me, I write the Capped column every Thursday here at DobberHockey, and I'm a very active member over on the forums. You can also find me on Twitter @alexdmaclean where among other tidbits, I usually cover NHL signings and how they came in relative to projected value.

Grab your coffee, tea, or drink of choice and let's get rolling.

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We saw only saw one signing on Sunday, though it was a significant one. Sam Reinhart, one of the top RFAs from this year's crop put pen to paper on a one-year deal that takes him almost to the end of his restricted years. His new contracts sports a $5.2 million AAV, and ensures that next year he will either be able to take another one-year deal walking himself straight to unrestricted free agency, or sign a long-term deal that will have to be a lucrative one to buy up his UFA years.

Reinhart is the number one RW on the Sabres, and could see plenty of time with Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall at even strength. His career high is 65 points in the 2018-2019 season, and it looks like an easy ceiling for him to pace towards breaking in the upcoming campaign.

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There was one arbitration case over the weekend for Tyler Bertuzzi. This is the first one where a settlement wasn't reached before the case reaching the arbitrator, so in the next day or so we should see the results from the arbitrator.