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Despite trade talk, Rasmus Ristolainen remains in Sabres' plans

august 18, 2019
It appears Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill has no intentions of trading defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. In an interview with NHL.com, Botterill says Ristolainen remains in the team's plans moving forward and they want to put him in a better position to win.

"We continue to interact with 'Risto,' we're continuing to try to set this team up where we're putting Risto in positions to have success," Botterill told NHL reporter Heather Engel. "And, yeah, he wants to win, we also want to put him in a situation where he plays very well."

Ristolainen stirred trade talks earlier this month when he told a Finnish media outlet that he "cannot say anything other than the fact that on the 12th of September, I will be at one of the NHL team's training camps" and "I haven't been able to help the team win. Recent seasons have been tough and I haven't been able to enjoy hockey".

Despite this, Buffalo's new head coach Ralph Kruger is also planning for the season on the assumption that Ristolainen will be in the line-up.

"I really think it's important for me to listen when the players are talking to me, and the messages I received from him was, if I'm his coach, he's willing to do this and that and look for the next level of Rasmus Ristolainen," Krueger told NHL.com. "That's my job right now. He's in our lineup, he's on our roster, and I look forward to coaching him."

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
DOMINIK KUBALIK
3 - 3
BOBBY RYAN
3 - 3
MATT DUMBA
2 1 3
RYAN STROME
2 1 3
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 2 3
KEVIN FIALA
1 2 3
RYAN ELLIS
- 3 3
CHRIS TIERNEY
- 3 3
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2 - 2
RASMUS ANDERSSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
RYAN DONATO
1 1 2
ADAM FOX
1 1 2
RYAN HARTMAN
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
1 1 2
ZACH HYMAN
1 1 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
64 99
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 90
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 87
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 87
NATHAN MACKINNON
62 85
BRAD MARCHAND
65 81
PATRICK KANE
64 79
NIKITA KUCHEROV
62 78
JACK EICHEL
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 77
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 46
AUSTON MATTHEWS
65 44
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
63 43
LEON DRAISAITL
64 37
SEBASTIAN AHO
62 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
64 62
JOHN CARLSON
64 57
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 56
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 55
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
64 72
ROMAN JOSI
63 58
VICTOR HEDMAN
62 53
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
ALEX PIETRANGELO
64 48
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
CALE MAKAR
54 45
DOMINIK KUBALIK
62 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
48 40
NICK SUZUKI
66 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
47 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
47 29
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
49 27
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
32 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 5
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 5
CAREY PRICE
55 4
JAMES REIMER
25 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS