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Buffalo Sabres 2017 opening day roster with cap hits

Who’s on the team, and what wiggle room does GMBot have?

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced their opening day roster of 23 players, with two players starting the season on injured reserve - Seth Griffith and Matt Tennyson will stay up with Buffalo while Evan Rodrigues and Justin Falk are out.

During the Sabres press conference yesterday to announce Jack Eichel’s contract extension, the General Manager Jason Botterill said the team would not name a captain to begin the season as discussions are still continuing.

The Sabres find themselves blessed with a few leaders on the roster in Josh Gorges, Jason Pominville, Ryan O’Reilly and of course Eichel, so it’s likely we’ll see that announced during the season opener or soon after.

Buffalo Sabres 2017-18 Opening Day Roster

Player Position Status Age Cap Hit
Player Position Status Age Cap Hit
Ryan O'Reilly C, LW, RW NHL 26 $7,500,000
Kyle Okposo RW NHL 29 $6,000,000
Jason Pominville RW NHL 34 $5,600,000
Evander Kane LW NHL 26 $5,250,000
Matt Moulson LW NHL 33 $5,000,000
Zemgus Girgensons C, LW NHL 23 $1,600,000
Johan Larsson C, LW NHL 25 $1,475,000
Benoit Pouliot LW NHL 31 $1,150,000
Jordan Nolan C, LW, RW NHL 28 $950,000
Jack Eichel C NHL 20 $925,000
Sam Reinhart RW, C NHL 21 $894,167
Jacob Josefson C, LW NHL 26 $700,000
Seth Griffith RW, C NHL 24 $650,000
Rasmus Ristolainen RD NHL 22 $5,400,000
Zach Bogosian RD NHL 27 $5,142,857
Marco Scandella LD NHL 27 $4,000,000
Josh Gorges LD NHL 33 $3,900,000
Nathan Beaulieu LD NHL 24 $2,400,000
Jake McCabe LD NHL 23 $1,600,000
Victor Antipin LD NHL 24 $925,000
Matt Tennyson RD NHL 27 $650,000
Robin Lehner G NHL 26 $4,000,000
Chad Johnson G NHL 31 $2,500,000
Evan Rodrigues C IR 24 $213,056
Justin Falk LD IR 28 $650,000

The numbers are all courtesy of CapFriendly, who have Buffalo at a projected cap hit of $69,116,747, which leaves GMBot $5,883,253 of room under the $75m cap.

What stands out to you in these numbers? Do the Sabres have enough cap space to be players at the trade deadline, and who will they have to move to ensure that they can?