Buffalo drafted Sam Reinhart second overall in 2014. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres trade Sam Reinhart to Panthers, receive goalie, high pick

BUFFALO – In Sam Reinhart, the Sabres possessed a five-time 20-goal scorer entering his prime.

This afternoon, the Sabres traded Reinhart, 25, to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goalie prospect Devon Levi and a 2022 first-round pick.

So for a center fresh off scoring a team-high 25 goals and 40 points in 54 games, the Sabres did not receive a roster player.

Reports surfaced late Friday night Reinhart was being traded to the Panthers but Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams refused to confirm the deal.

Reinhart is a restricted free agent who can become unrestricted following next season.

On May 10, a less than enthused Reinhart said he did not want to go through a rebuild following the Sabres’ last-place finish.

Reinhart, the second overall pick in 2014, has compiled 131 goals and 295 points in 454 career NHL games.

The Panthers drafted the 6-foot, 185-pound Levi in the seventh round in 2020, 212th overall. Levi, 19, dazzled for Team Canada at the 2021 World Junior Championship, compiling a 6-0-1 record with a 0.75 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage in seven games.

But Levi broke his rib in the tournament and did not play as a freshman at Northeastern.

4 thoughts on “Sabres trade Sam Reinhart to Panthers, receive goalie, high pick”

  1. Welp… they got burned on that one unless this “goalie prospect” is really, really good. That 1st round pick is essentially a top 2nd round pick. But for someone like Rheinhart that sucks. He has outperformed Jack and is a 5 time 20+ goal scorer. Unbelievable.

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