The Sabres have to determine which version of SAM REINHART they are going to have moving forward. Will it be the one who scored 15 goals and
30 points in his final 33 games – or the one who posted a paltry 10 goals and 20 points in his first
49 games? If it’s the former, a long-term deal is in order for the RFA. If it’s the latter, the Sabres will want to do a bridge deal to see what he evolves into in a year or two. They face a similar decision with No.
1 goalie Robin Lehner, who is an RFA with arbitration rights. If Lehner or the Sabres file for arbitration, it will force a one-year deal and buy both sides time to work on something long term.