3 more blockbuster trade options for the Sabres in the 2024 offseason

The Buffalo Sabres need to find either a top-six winger or a depth center in either free agency or the trade market, so let’s focus on the latter.
Nov 3, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Philadelphia Flyers left wing Joel Farabee (86) skates up ice
Nov 3, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Joel Farabee (86) skates up ice / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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Joel Farabee would be an outstanding young presence in Buffalo

Few youngsters have seen their names thrown around the rumor mill more than Trevor Zegras, but Joel Farabee may clock in at No. 2 on the list. Unlike Zegras and Player No. 3 on this list - a shocker, might I add - Farabee is purely a winger. But he’s a talented one heading into his age-24 season, and as with Zegras, he has multiple seasons left on his current deal

He struggled through consistency issues this past season, but he still notched a career-high in points and goals with 50 and 22, respectively. Farabee probably isn’t a top-six winger in Buffalo, but he could find himself on a line with whichever “depth center” the Sabres will undoubtedly acquire in the offseason if they didn’t trade for one. 

Farabee brings a gritty style worthy of a spot on the third line, and if the Blue and Gold also find the right center, they will be looking at a top-nine with the potential to score at will. Someone like Farabee coming in would increase this team’s odds of being more reminiscent of its 2022-23 selves, so that’s an automatic plus. 

Earlier in the year, I also cited Scott Laughton as a potential player for the Sabres to acquire, and he could ultimately be that depth center. Should the Sabres inquire instead about Laughton, then he’s the guy and they’ll likely sign a winger in free agency. If not, someone like Farabee will be more than on the table.