One pending free agent the Sabres can steal from their Atlantic Division rivals in NHL free agency

The Buffalo Sabres proved to us this season that they are ready to scale up and add more relevant talent from the outside and perhaps familiar talent.

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Tanner Pearson, Forward/Montreal Canadiens

There were just a few players worth seriously considering in Montreal, and Tanner Pearson was the best of a bad group. He’s never been a major scorer, logging no more than 45 points and 21 goals in a season, but that was all the way back in 2019-20, and he was also still playing in the top-six at that point in his career. 

Pearson has logged just 12:53 of average total ice time, his lowest since the 2013-14 season when he played in 25 games for the Los Angeles Kings. So, like a couple of names on this list, he would be one for the bottom-six, but if the Sabres rediscovered their high-scoring mentality, that’s all Pearson would need to play. 

He would bring a new edge to the lower lines, as Pearson has registered nearly a hit to just over a hit per game this season. The Sabres could use more help while short-handed, and Pearson gives them that, even if he’s better suited for the second penalty kill unit. 

Since he hasn’t been anywhere near as productive offensively since 2019-20, Pearson’s next salary and overall contract length also shouldn’t be an issue. Look for a smaller number and perhaps one-to-two years unless he enjoys a remarkable final two weeks to the season.