3 former Sabres players playing for division rivals whom we would love to see return

The Buffalo Sabres may need to look outside the organization for some much-needed help, but perhaps they should try to bring back some old faces?
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The Buffalo Sabres will go another season without making the playoffs, and that means 13 years without seeing even a First Round matchup. If there is any good news, it’s that what has been the NHL’s youngest and one of its least experienced teams will age up heading into 2024-25, and that should imply better returns. 

Plus, the upcoming summer will be huge for general manager Kevyn Adams as he looks to find a way to add more talent that will take the team from just hanging around the Eastern Conference’s two wild card spots to actually sitting inside one of them following the first week of April 2025. 

There are quite a few avenues for Adams to take, as he can “weaken” a division rival by signing a player away from them, or he could pull off one of the biggest trades of the summer roughly three months from today and bring a high-end player to town. But what if the missing piece was someone who was once upon a time with the Sabres, and they made a return trip?

It would be great to see some former Buffalo Sabres rejoin the team

It’s not incredibly uncommon to see a player start or play part of their career with one franchise, go elsewhere, and return. We see this happen all across the North American pro sports landscape, and it’s no different in the NHL.

There have been a lot of former Sabres players who have either played well or excelled with other organizations. A few - one defenseman, one goaltender, and one forward, however, stand out above all the rest. 

If the Sabres played their cards right from a cap standpoint, there could be a chance to even bring this trio in. But it’s also important to keep in mind that two of the players listed would most likely factor in as stopgaps for the 2024-25 season.