With free agency just around the corner, the Buffalo Sabres will be very busy the next couple of weeks in terms of their roster. General Manager Tim Murray will have to make decisions on not only his own free agents, but also other teams UFAs as well. Here are some potential free agents the Sabres may wish to pursue come July 1st.
Sabres fans are familiar with Matt Moulson, as he played 44 games for the Sabres this past season recording 29 points. Moulson was traded on deadline day to the Minnesota Wild, but has expressed interest in returning to Buffalo. Moulson would step in and resume a top role on Buffalo’s top line. Don’t be surprised if Moulson is back in a Sabres uniforn.
It is still unknown whether or not the Tampa Bay Lightening will resign Ryan Callahan. If he decides to test the free agent market, look for the Sabres to be a player here. The Sabres are in desperate need of a leader, and definitely have the money to pay Callahan. At 29 years of age, the Rochester NY native still has lots of hockey left in him.
Although this likely won’t happen, part of me thinks the Sabres may consider bringing back former captain Steve Ott. Ott has great leadership abilities and would take over in the locker room and be a huge help to the younger players. Ott struggled at times this past season, but still has a few years left in him.
With three first round picks in a stacked 2015 NHL draft, there is a good chance the Sabres will end up with a very high pick. However, if the Sabres want to be more competitive this year, they may consider signing 28 year old Dman Andrej Meszaros. After coming off back to back injury plagued seasons, Meszaros performed well with both the Flyers and the Bruins. Again, the Sabres will have lots of cap space and will be able to dish out some money to Meszaros.
This may be the Sabres best option if they want to bring in a free agent Dman. The 28 year old Quincey is a defensively sound player, who has had a few big offensive seasons in the past. If the Sabres plan to keep developing their young defensive prospects before they are full time NHLers, than Kyle Quincey would be a great option for Tim Murray, and could be had at a reasonable price.
To say the least, the coming weeks will be vital for the Sabres as to how they progress with their rebuild. For the fans, the next couple of weeks are probably the most exciting parts of the offseason. It will be interesting to see what changes will be made to the Sabres line-up. Only time will tell.