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Buffalo Sabres trade Rasmus Ristolainen, acquire No. 14 overall pick

May 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) skates up ice with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) chases during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) skates up ice with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) chases during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres acquired a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (14th overall), a second-round pick in 2023 and defenseman Robert Hagg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

The Sabres already were set to select No. 1 overall in Friday’s draft. They have 11 selections overall and seven in the top 100.

To line up those draft picks, the Sabres gave up Ristolainen, who was the No. 8 overall pick in 2013. In 542 games with Buffalo, he had 245 points (46 goals, 199 assists) — good for sixth among defensemen in club history.

Hagg, 26, had 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 236 games since the Flyers selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft. In 34 games last season, he tallied five points (two goals, three assists).

Hagg is signed through the 2021-22 season with a salary of $1.6 million. Ristolainen is entering the final year of a six-year contract worth $5.4 million in annual average value.

The trade comes a day after the Flyers sent defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, plus a second-round and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations.

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–Field Level Media