Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Ristolainen says it's either Buffalo or Finland next season

70417 SABRES PROSPECTS CA#8
Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was drafted by the Sabres last month.

By John Vogl

The Sabres hoped to have Rasmus Ristolainen in the organization next year, but it appears the only way that will happen is if he makes Buffalo’s roster.

After the Sabres drafted the Finnish defenseman eighth overall last month, they said he had no contractual obligations overseas. Thus, if he didn’t make the Sabres, it appeared the team could develop him in Rochester.

“I think no,” Ristolainen said today at development camp. “I’ve got a contract with my hometown team.”

The native of Turko, Finland, has spent the past two seasons in the Finnish elite league with TPS Turko. It appears he will head back there if he does not make Buffalo's roster -- unless the Sabres make him an offer he can't refuse.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

About Sabres Edge


Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

Subscribe

Advertisement