Ristolainen had been in the rumor mill
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill on defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen: “We need top-four guys that can handle several different things on the blue line. He certainly has his faults, but we like what he does with his matchups. It’s our job to surround him with enough talent and skill to help him be better.”
WGR 550: Botterill continues: “I think players continually develop. At the age he’s at, there’s still plenty of development going on with Ristolainen.”
Notes on some Canucks pending free agents
Rick Dhaliwal: Canucks pending UFA updates.
Alex Edler – there is still a lot of work to do.
Luke Schenn – don’t think that any contract talks have started between the two sides.
Vegas to make Miller available
McKenzie notes on the Maple Leafs
Ryan Fancy: Bob McKenzie said that he believes Ilya Mikheyev is a lock to make the Toronto Maple Leafs next season, well at least at the start of the season.
Draglikepull: McKenzie says that the Maple Leafs have looked at Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev in the past but there are concerns surrounding his injuries. Tanev likely wouldn’t bring the much of trade return at this point.
Jokerit Helsinki: Eemeli Rasanen will be returning to Jokerit next season after spending a few months with the Toronto Marlies.