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Three Players The Buffalo Sabres Could Trade For

It has been an interesting offseason for both the Buffalo Sabres and their fans. They had a solid enough draft, some questionable free agent signings, and a solid trade in this writer's opinion. With that, there are still a couple of moves the Sabres could make with their prospect depth and the top-six forwards rumored to be moved this offseason. With that, let's discuss three options the Sabres could trade for.

Option one for the Sabres: LW Joel Farabee

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With the trade for Ryan McLeod, the Sabres need to focus on their top-six forward spots. Joel Farabee would come in and fix that while providing a lot of potential. He is coming off a career year scoring 22 goals and putting up 50 points on the Flyer's third line. Those 50 points put him third on the team behind Owen Tippett and Travis Konecny. Why is he on their third line? No clue, but he would be a top-two liner for the Sabres.

The signing of Jason Zucker for the Sabres sures up the third line, but they still need more scoring. Pairing Farabee with any of Dylan Cozens, Jack Quinn, Tage Thompson, and Alex Tuch would make either of those lines better. Farabee is only 23 and would fit into the mold the Sabres have this year of getting NHLers with youth on the team. Would the Sabres have to part ways with more prospects? Yeah, but Farabee has shown improvements over the years and is good in 5-on-5 scenarios.

If the Sabres want to strengthen up the top six, going after someone like Farabee would be one of the best options. He provides good offense and still has room to develop. Farabee isn't the best defensive winger, but if his offense offsets it, it won't be an issue. The next option is probably a long-shot option, but probably the best option of the three.

Option two for the Sabres: LW Nikolaj Ehlers

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A consistent 20+ goal scorer who plays solid defense and can facilitate an offense, Nikolaj Ehlers would fit in perfectly with the Sabres. There are rumors the Winnipeg Jets had trade discussions with Ehlers as the focal point and while the Sabres weren't a key player in those talks they should pick up the phone. Ehlers has one more year left on his deal worth $6 million and is looking for a contract extension. Trading for Ehlers would give the Sabres a solidified top-six winger with the potential to sign him long-term.

A deal for Ehlers, however, would require a substantial trade package, and with Matthew Savoie being traded that would put Jari Kulich, Noah Ostlund, and/or Isak Rosen on the block. Kulich is close to the NHL and Ostlund and Rosen are top six prospects in the Sabres pool. This deal would bargain the future in hopes of the Sabres making it to the playoffs in the next couple of years if Ehlers signs an extension with them.

Would that be a wise decision though? Depends, we don't know if any of those prospects will be anything in the NHL, and we know what Ehlers has done. If the Jets want to trade him then the Sabres should try to make a move that only gives up one of those prospects previously mentioned. This move would signify to many that the Sabres are serious about trying to compete in the Atlantic.

Option three for the Sabres: RW Kaapo Kakko

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This would be a buy-low option for the Sabres. Kakko signed a one-year deal this offseason with the Rangers but is still on the rumor mill as a trade target. The former first-round pick in 2019 hasn't lived up to his potential, but showed flashes of it in the 2022-23 season putting up 40 points. Although he would probably be a fringe top-six forward he offers some offensive upside if he can tap into his potential.

The Sabres also wouldn't have to give up a ton to get Kakko compared to the other two on this list. The issue is that he hasn't shown enough flashes of his potential, making him a little riskier to trade for. Is he better than Jordan Greenway? In some facets, yeah, but Greenway also has the defensive ability while putting up a solid offensive year on the third line. Maybe a change of scenery helps Kakko, and the Sabres could be the ones to give him that.

The Buffalo Sabres are putting together an interesting offseason with some questionable moves, but trading for a potential top-six winger would be great. They are in the midst of one of the longest playoff droughts in any of the major League sports, and the fans need something to hope for this offseason.


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