One prospect for the Sabres to sell and two players to buy at the trade deadline

With a 29-29-4 record and 62 points, the Buffalo Sabres may be out of the running, but there are enough young players to trade for to keep building this young team.
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Player to buy: Trevor Zegras

If there is one young player to buy at the deadline, it’s a 22-year-old who has already enjoyed some sustained success. While the Flyers look like the front runners to trade for Zegras, we also know a lot can change in a matter of hours, depending on which front office offers the most enticing deal. 

It’s also important to remember that if nobody buys Zegras come March 8th, the Sabres can always battle the Flyers and others vying for him in the sweepstakes this offseason. 

And although Zegras has only appeared in 20 games this season, which young team wouldn’t be interested in a young player who has 53 goals and 146 points in 200 NHL games? Zegras’ $5.75 million cap hit is also something the Sabres can easily cover for 2024-25 and the following year before they would need to sign him to an extension should he fit well with the team. 

Buying Zegras would make sense on many fronts since it’s clear the Sabres can use another scorer, given how inconsistent they have been this season when they have puck possession. Bringing in the 22-year-old would force opponents to account for yet another player with high-scoring potential, and this presence could help the Blue and Gold return to that fun team they were last year.