Two RFAs the Sabres should keep and two they shouldn’t

With four players (besides UPL) set to explore free agency, who stays and who goes?
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Kale Clague

Fellow defenseman Kale Clague is a player who hasn’t quite worked out for the blue and gold. When the Sabres signed him on July 13, 2022, the team’s managers hoped he’d be part of the solution. He played 33 games for Buffalo the following season, but had a -3, with 24 blocks, 24 hits and 7 takeaways.

Adams sent Clague down to Rochester, but his numbers didn’t improve in the AHL. He did come back up to Buffalo for three games this year, where he had an assist but did little else noteworthy.

Kale has had two seasons to prove himself with the Sabres but hasn’t accomplished what he or the franchise thought he might. It could be he won’t become a consistent defensive athlete or maybe he needs a change of scenery. Either way, Buffalo can afford to cut him loose and see if he gets any better offers.