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Flyers fans up in arms after team trades farm to Sabres for Rasmus Ristolainen

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By the looks of it, Philadelphia Flyers fans are not thrilled with the franchise’s blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Philly acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from Buffalo in exchange for the No. 13 pick in tonight’s 2021 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2023, and defensemen Robert Hagg.

The Flyers were expected to address their issues on the blue line. Still, the price was steep.

The deal comes one day after Philadelphia traded defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations. Over 381 games, Gostisbehere amassed the fifth-most points by a defenseman (219) in franchise history.

Philly (58 points) finished sixth in the East division. They were not very good.

Not surprisingly, Flyers fans vented their outrage on Twitter at the team’s latest head-scratching move.

 

Ristolainen, 26, was drafted No. 8 overall by the Sabres in 2013. He had 18 points in 49 games for Buffalo in 2020-21. (He missed seven games due to COVID-19.) Ristolainen ranked fourth in hockey in hits (193).

The righty defensemen is entering the final year of a six-year contract, worth 5.4 million in annual value.

 

The Sabres finished at the bottom of the league in points (37), though they beat Philadelphia three times. According to Broadstreet Hockey, Ristolainen was among the worst players in hockey in tough minutes.

At 6’4″, 215, Ristolainen could join the Flyers second line next to Travis Sanheim, if they re-sign Sanheim.

Hagg posted 47 points (13g-34a) in five seasons with the Flyers.

We’ll update you when Gritty provides his official response.