3 reasons why the Sabres early offseason is already among the NHL's finest

The NHL Playoffs aren’t even close to being finished, but it hasn’t stopped the Buffalo Sabres from setting the stage for an outstanding offseason.
Apr 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31), center Dylan Cozens
Apr 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31), center Dylan Cozens / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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Kevyn Adams setting the stage for an enticing summer

Following last season, we can all agree Kevyn Adams is ready to parlay his original plan into something more. Building a strong core group of players, as Adams had done for years, is a time-consuming endeavor and one that not only requires patience from the fan base, but also from ownership and the general manager themselves. 

It was also a challenging one, as Adams had to figure out which players from previous eras were worth keeping around, who he needed to add to the existing prospects pool, and continually build it. He succeeded on all fronts, and he’s put the organization in an outstanding position to do the following:

  • Continually sign young players to longer, lucrative extensions when applicable. 
  • Acquire established talent from teams needing to strengthen their prospects pool, or
  • Scan the free agency pool and sign better players to help the Sabres reach a new level.

This offseason, Adams has the means for all three, meaning he’s now able to pull off trades most fans want to see, free agent signings, and what’s not to say both? We know the Sabres will finally make those upgrades, which, along with a proven veteran head coach and a familiar assistant coach, should once again make the Blue and Gold a preseason favorite to earn a playoff spot. 

Yeah, it sounds like the same story as last season, but now that this team is no longer getting younger and most likely adding proven talent, it’s much easier to jump on the Sabres bandwagon.