TRADE ALERT!— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 23, 2021
We have acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for our first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg. Details: https://t.co/UOBqWNQCm6 pic.twitter.com/vCrkLgY0Mt
Ristolainen is entering the final year of a six-year, $32.4 million contract. He's owed $5.4 million next season.
The 26-year-old has spent his entire career with the Sabres, who drafted him eighth overall in 2013, tallying 245 points (46 goals, 199 assists) in 542 games.
Philadelphia's interest in Ristolainen came after it traded for former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis last week. Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers were shipped out in that deal.
The Flyers were one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL last season, allowing a league-high 197 goals (3.52 goals against per game). They also had the second-worst penalty kill in the league at 70.95%.