Who do the fans want going forward long term for the next 7 years? I don't think the Sabres can't financially get them both signed long term.
The Johnson signing in Tampa was good for the Sabres because at 7 years 35 million that is only an average of 5 million a year.
Looking at career stats-
Kane- 496 games, 157 goals, 143 assist, 300 points, .60 pts/game, -41(+-)
Reinhart- 167 games, 40 goals, 50 assist, 90 points, .53pts/game, -20(+-)
Johnson- 308 games, 89 goals, 122 assist, 211 points, .69pts/game, +58(+-)
If Botterill can get both to sign before the year starts for reasonable contracts then I can see them both staying. I just don't want to overpay.
Reinhart at a bridge deal of two years 8 million. Still would be a RFA. It would be a couple years for him to prove he is worth a long term contract in the 6-7 million range. It also would keep his AAV down until Pomminstein and Moulsson contracts expire.
I would only sign Kane to a 5 year extension for Okposo type numbers around 6-6.5 million a year. Again if Kane wants longer term and higher AAV I would trade him before the season starts to get someone else in here right away.
Could we sway a Kane to LA trade for Tanner Pearson?