NHL Trade Rumors: Sabres Receiving Calls On Mattias Samuelsson

As the Buffalo Sabres shift their focus to roster improvements for the 2024-25 season, defenseman Mattias Samuelsson has become a hot commodity, drawing significant interest from several NHL teams, according to David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period.

Samuelsson, entering the second year of his seven-year, $30 million contract with an annual cap hit of just over $4.28 million, is seen as a valuable addition for teams looking to strengthen their defensive lines.

Despite the numerous inquiries, Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams has firmly communicated that Samuelsson is not available for trade, underscoring his importance to Buffalo's future plans.

This past season, the 24-year-old recorded one goal, seven total points, a +4 plus/minus rating, 87 blocked shots, and 106 hits across 41 games played.

While other teams continue to probe for defensive upgrades, the Sabres remain resolute in their decision to retain Samuelsson.

With over $23.2 million in cap space, Buffalo's primary focus is on enhancing their forward group. They aim to add a top-six winger and a third-line center, ensuring they bolster their offensive capabilities without disrupting their current defensive core, as noted by Pagnotta.

Over his four-year career, Samuelsson has put up three goals, 29 total points, 248 blocked shots, and 333 hits across 150 games played.

He was the Sabres' second-round pick (32nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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