While a short-term bridge contract had been viewed as the best option for the Sabres when it comes to RFA forward Sam Reinhart , that may no longer be the case as Jared Clinton of The Hockey News suggests . The 2014 second overall selection put up a career-best 50 points last season but 37 of those came in the final 38 games of the season. If the team believes his strong second half is a sign of things to come, it’s may be in their best interest to try to save a bit more by committing long-term compared to doing so in a few years even if it’s the riskier way to go. However, there’s a good chance that Reinhart’s representatives may point to the deal Dylan Larkin received from the Red Wings (five years, $30.5MM) as a potential comparable which may be more than what Buffalo is willing to pay. Reinhart is one of the top unsigned RFAs remaining and his could be a case that takes a little while yet to settle.