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Would you trade for Rasmus Ristolainen?

What if I offered you a really sweet deal?

Toronto Maple Leafs v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Sportsnet posted a story where the author expressed his opinion that the Leafs should trade for Rasmus Ristolainen. A cynical person might call that click bait, and it might be. But there is a constituency of fans and media who keep saying this because Risto shoots right and is a defenceman they have heard of, and Buffalo doesn’t want him. Yes, it is weird that we’re supposed to have a use for a guy Buffalo doesn’t want and who isn’t a goalie prospect. But that’s hockey, and name recognition is everything.

You can make up your own minds about how valuable Ristolainen would be to the Leafs. I don’t care about that exactly, I want to know if there is a deal that would get you to say yes to a trade.

For reference, Ristolainen turns 26 this fall, and has two more years on his six-year contract at $5.4 million in AAV. There is one signing bonus, due whenever they will be paid this summer, of $1 million, and in all other years his salary equals the AAV, making this a very unusual contract by today’s standards.

So, now to the question: What’s your threshold on this deal.


Would you trade the following for Rasmus Ristolainen

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  • 16%
    An NHL roster forward making over $3 million and a 4th round pick
    (197 votes)
  • 5%
    Just the NHL player making over $3 million
    (63 votes)
  • 3%
    An NHL roster forward making less than $3 million and a 5th round pick
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Just the player making less than $3 million
    (14 votes)
  • 7%
    Frederik Gauthier and a sixth-round pick
    (89 votes)
  • 10%
    Jeremy Bracco and a seventh-round pick
    (120 votes)
  • 3%
    Just Bracco
    (43 votes)
  • 1%
    Just a seventh-round pick
    (16 votes)
  • 18%
    Any of the above if the Sabres retain 50%
    (225 votes)
  • 8%
    Sign him to more than $1 million after the Sabres buy him out
    (105 votes)
  • 10%
    Sign him to minimum salary after the Sabres buy him out
    (127 votes)
  • 12%
    None of the above
    (148 votes)
1187 votes total Vote Now