It's like captain Jack Eichel said last week in Chicago: Rasmus Ristolainen is under contract, so he'll be at training camp unless the Buffalo Sabres decide otherwise.
Ristolainen, who told a reporter in Finland last month he would prefer to move on after six years with the Sabres, was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Monday night and would likely take part in informal skates with his teammates over the next couple of days.
Barring any trade, he would then report to KeyBank Center for physicals and testing on Thursday and be on the ice Friday for the start of training camp.
"I know that it's going to be fun to work with a player with that skill and ability," new coach Ralph Krueger said Monday afternoon in Harborcenter after the Sabres closed their Prospects Challenge with a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh. "I have nothing but excitement for working with him. I know there's a lot of potential there that's still untapped. It's up to me and the coaches to find out what that is."
"Our conversations with him have been positive," added General Manager Jason Botterill said " I think 'Risto' has always been someone who comes to camp in extremely good shape and I think there's a good deal of adjustment for all of our players with a new head coach trying to put together exactly what coaches want, what they want from a systems standpoint and where they fit in with the group. I'm sure those conversations will go on with Risto and the entire team."