In no particular order, here are some trade ideas I came up with after looking at each team's roster on Capgeek, mainly looking for teams with which the Sabres could mutually benefit through trade. I tried to base the trade value on length and price of remaining contracts for each player, as well as perceived value.
To Pittsburgh: D Jordan Leopold [1y,3M] , D Mike Weber [1y+RFA]
To Buffalo: F Chris Kunitz (NTC) [2y,3.725M]
To Anaheim: F Drew Stafford [3y,4M] , D Mark Pysyk [3y+RFA]
To Buffalo: F Bobby Ryan [3y,5.1M]
To Detroit: D Jordan Leopold [1y,3M]
To Buffalo: F Valtteri Filppula [1y,3M]
To Nashville: D Mark Pysyk [3y+RFA], F Luke Adam [1y+RFA]
To Buffalo: F David Legwand (NTC) [2y,4.5M], 2nd round pick
To NY Islanders: D Mark Pysyk [3y+RFA] or F Luke Adam [1y+RFA], D Jordan Leopold [1y,3M]
To Buffalo: F Matt Moulson [2y,3.133M] or F Kyle Okposo [4y,2.8M]
To San Jose: F Drew Stafford [3y,4M], F Luke Adam [1y+RFA]
To Buffalo: F Joe Pavelski [2y, 4M]
Thoughts on any of these ideas? Just trying to speculate on what players might be attainable for reasonable costs to improve the top 6, and spark some discussion. For fun, I added a poll after the jump for which of these players you think is best to target.
Which of the following players would you most like to see the Sabres acquire via trade?
Ryan (87 votes)
Kunitz (2 votes)
Filppula (9 votes)
Legwand (6 votes)
Pavelski (39 votes)
Moulson (14 votes)
Okposo (6 votes)
Other (explain below) (5 votes)
168 total votes