3 dynamic offseason moves that will end the Sabres playoff drought next season

After 71 games, the Buffalo Sabres are still quite a few points back in the NHL playoff race, and it doesn’t look like they have enough time to mount a comeback.

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Sign Daniel Sprong

Daniel Sprong was rarely known for his scoring until he opened the 2022-23 season with the Seattle Kraken and logged 21 goals and 46 points in 66 contests. Such a season may have been an outlier, but Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman knew otherwise and added Sprong to his playoff-contending unit. 

Sprong, who just turned 27, has given us an encore this season with 40 points and 17 goals in 68 games. He may have played his way into an extension in Detroit, but if Yzerman wisely decides to recall some top prospects to the big club, a decision he could make in foresight, players like Sprong will become expendable. 

This would put Sprong onto the free agent market, where he will be there for the taking. Someone like him could immediately form a third line that would, should the Sabres make the trade for Laughton, include the duo plus perhaps Jordan Greenway or Zach Benson, which would set the foundation for a solid bottom-six. 

Signing Luukkonen long-term should be the first thing Adams does this offseason before shifting gears to pull off a trade that will bring even more of an edge to the Sabres lower lines. Finally, a lower-liner who can score the way Sprong will complete, at least on paper, a sound top-nine.

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