Flyers acquire Rasmus Ristolainen from Sabres in exchange for 13th overall pick
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.  Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers acquire Rasmus Ristolainen from Sabres in exchange for 13th overall pick

The Philadelphia Flyers are adding another defenseman this summer. 

The club announced Friday that it has acquired Buffalo Sabres blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen in exchange for Robert Hagg, the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft. 

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%.  

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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