Rasmus Ristolainen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Buffalo Sabers on Friday for the defenseman Robert hagg.
Buffalo also received a first-round pick (14th) in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
The Sabers also have the No.1 pick in the 2021 draft, which begins with the first round on Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS). Buffalo has 11 draft picks, which continues on Saturday with Rounds 2-7 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW).
Ristolainen has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 49 games for the Sabers this season. He has one season left on a six-year, $ 32.4 million contract (average annual value of $ 5.4 million) he signed with Buffalo on October 11, 2016.
“We are extremely happy to add Rasmus to our blue line,” said Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He’s a 26-year-old right-handed defender who will immediately add courage to our team. His height (6ft 4in, 221lb), mobility and physique will make him an important part of our squad going forward. “
Selected by the Sabers with the 8th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen scored 245 points (46 goals, 199 assists) in 542 NHL games, including 111 points (14 goals, 97 assists) on the power play.
Hagg has five points (two goals, three assists) in 34 games for the Flyers this season. The 26-year-old has one more season on a two-year, $ 3.2 million contract (average annual value of $ 1.6 million) he signed with Philadelphia on September 28, 2020.
Selected by Philadelphia in the second round (No. 41) of the 2013 Draft, Hagg scored 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 236 regular season games and three assists in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games.
The Flyers have traded their defender Shayne Gostisbehere and two 2022 NHL Draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday for future considerations, and acquired the defenseman Ryan ellis in a trade with the Nashville Predators on July 17 against the defenseman Philippe myers and center Patrick nolan.