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Sabres, Dahlin Agree to Terms

Three-year bridge deal for the young defenseman

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On the first day of training camp, the Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The three-year contract carries an AAV of $6 million.

His last contract had an AAV of $3.775 million. Dahlin was the lone restricted free agent remaining for the Sabres. Per CapFriendly, the terms of the deal are as follows:

2021-22: $3M base salary + $2M signing bonus

2022-23: $5.8M

2023-24: $7.2M

It’s a bridge deal with one RFA year, and two arbitration-eligible RFA years. Dahlin will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights at the end of the contract.

The terms of the deal also bring the Sabres to the lower cap floor, with $17.6 million in cap space tied up.

As we evaluate this deal, don’t forget to take a look back and read Joe Yerdon’s piece from August about what a new contract with Dahlin could look like.

So - what are your early thoughts on this deal? Did the Sabres overpay? Is a bridge deal a good idea, or a terrible idea? Could Dahlin wind up like Sam Reinhart in a few years?