By Brandon J. Koch
Back on June 25th, the Buffalo Sabres tendered a qualifying offer to forward Sam Reinhart.
The 22 year-old had 25 goals, 25 assists for 50 points in a tale of two halves last season.
He was a no show from October until the end of December. Then from the Winter Classic on, he was one of the best players on the Buffalo Sabres.
So with Reinhart looking for a new deal, what might that look like? This is a calculated guess based on other players around Sam’s production.
You have players like Tyler Johnson, Jeff Skinner who put the same amount of points as Reinhart last season, making $5 million dollars or more.
Johnson: $5 million
The point that goes against Reinhart is that both players have been putting up better numbers consistently over a longer period of time.
The point that Reinhart’s agent can make to create some leverage? Tomas Hertl’s new contract
Hertl signed a new 4 year contract worth about $5.6 million per year. He produced 22 goals and 46 points last season, tying a career high.
Both Hertl and Reinhart have around the same number of scoring chance percentage and high danger scoring chance percentage.
While a bridge deal could be the smart thing for Botterill, the Sabres should go the 5-year route with Reinhart in what will probably be around $6 million per season. A contract that can potentially be a high value.