BUF­FALO SABRES

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NEEDS: The Sabres are the NHL’s worst of­fen­sive team and in the bot­tom five in de­fense. But more than any­thing, they des­per­ately need some­one to take the of­fen­sive pres­sure off Jack Eichel.

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: A trade-dead­line dar­ling and a whole lot of spare parts.

UFAs: E. Kane (LW), B. Pouliot (LW), C. Johnson (G), J. Nolan (RW), J. Josef­son (C), J. Falk (D), J. Gorges (D)

TRADE BAIT: Evander Kane is a crown jewel of this year’s dead­line among teams look­ing for an im­pact rental. He comes with bag­gage, but there is no deny­ing his of­fen­sive abil­ity. And in an en­vi­ron­ment with strong lead­er­ship, he would al­most cer­tainly stay in line and pro­duce in hopes of im­press­ing off-sea­son suit­ors. GM Ja­son Bot­ter­ill has the lux­ury of lis­ten­ing to of­fers un­til the last minute, if he chooses, and tak­ing the best one. That will def­i­nitely in­volve fu­tures, a com­mod­ity in which the Sabres have the most in­ter­est. Once again, this is a lost sea­son, so get­ting the best lottery odds pos­si­ble and a crack at Ras­mus Dahlin is not a bad thing.

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